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What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
PCOS is one of the most common hormonal imbalances affecting women today. While PCOS has been recognized and diagnosed for over 75 years, it is now considered the leading form of endocrine disruption in women of reproductive age.
It can cause problems with your periods and make it difficult to get pregnant. PCOS also may cause unwanted changes in the way you look. If it isn’t treated, over time it can lead to serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Most women with PCOS grow many small cysts on their ovaries. That is why it is called polycystic ovary syndrome. The cysts are not harmful but lead to hormone imbalances.
Early diagnosis and treatment can help control the symptoms and prevent long-term problems.
Alarmingly, estimates show that somewhere between 5 percent to 20 percent of women of childbearing age are affected by PCOS!
What are hormones, and what happens in PCOS?
Hormones are chemical messengers that trigger many different processes, including growth and energy production. Often, the job of one hormone is to signal the release of another hormone.
For reasons that are not well understood, in PCOS the hormones get out of balance. One hormone change triggers another, which changes another.
What causes PCOS?
The cause of PCOS is not fully understood, but genetics may be a factor. PCOS seems to run in families, so your chance of having it is higher if other women in your family have it or have irregular periods or diabetes. PCOS can be passed down from either your mother’s or father’s side.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms tend to be mild at first. You may have only a few symptoms or a lot of them. The most common symptoms are:
• Weight gain and trouble losing weight.
• Extra hair on the face and body.
• Thinning hair on the scalp.
• Irregular periods. Often women with PCOS have fewer than nine periods a year. Some women have no periods. Others have very heavy bleeding.
• Fertility problems. Many women who have PCOS have trouble getting pregnant
How is PCOS diagnosed?
To diagnose PCOS, the doctor will:
• Ask questions about your past health, symptoms, and menstrual cycles.
• You may also have a pelvic ultrasound to look for cysts on your ovaries. Your doctor may be able to tell you that you have PCOS without an ultrasound, but this test will help him or her rule out other problems.
How is it treated?
Regular exercise, healthy foods, and weight control are the key treatments for PCOS.
When it comes to diet, removing common allergens or sensitives, toxins, and chemicals help.. which include:
• too much alcohol or caffeine
• most sources of sugar and sweeteners (including high-fructose corn syrup, packaged sweet products and refined grains that trigger insulin spikes, are inflammatory and irritating to the gut)
• as much packaged and processed foods as possible, since these are filled with many types of artificial ingredients, preservatives, sugars, sodium and potential endocrine disruptors
• hydrogenated and refined vegetable oils (soybean, canola, safflower, sunflower and corn), which are highly inflammatory
• common sensitivities, including conventional dairy products and gluten
Some of the foods which you should be eating are :
cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower
greens, including red leaf lettuce
green and red peppers
beans and lentils
Lean protein sources like tofu, chicken, and fish don’t provide fiber but are very filling and a healthy dietary option for women with PCOS.
Foods that help reduce inflammation may also be beneficial. They include:
almonds and walnuts
fruits, such as blueberries and strawberries
fatty fish high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon
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