Yes. Research indicates that certain dietary and lifestyle changes can help you manage PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and reduce some of its associated symptoms.
Low GI (Glycemic Index) diet, anti-inflammatory diet and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet may help people with PCOS to manage their symptoms. The body digests foods with a low GI more slowly. So, they do not cause insulin levels to rise as much or as quickly as other foods, such as some carbohydrates. Anti-inflammatory diet includes foods like berries, fatty fish, leafy greens and extra virgin olive oil, which may reduce inflammation-related symptoms such as fatigue. Doctors often recommend the DASH diet to reduce the risk or impact of heart disease. It may also help manage PCOS symptoms. A DASH diet is rich in fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, whole grain, and low-fat dairy produce. The diet discourages foods that are high in saturated fat and sugar.
If you are suffering from PCOS, there are certain foods that you should add to your diet. High fibre foods can help combat insulin resistance by slowing down digestion and reducing the effect of sugar on the blood. Some high fibre foods are green and cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, etc. Lean protein sources like tofu, chicken, and fish don’t provide fibre but are a very filling and nutritious dietary option for people with PCOS. Foods that help reduce inflammation like tomatoes, kale, spinach, almonds and walnuts, berries, etc. may also be beneficial.
You should avoid refined carbohydrates that cause inflammation, exacerbate insulin resistance. These include highly processed foods like white bread, muffins, pastries, desserts, etc. Sugar is another carbohydrate that should be limited if you have PCOS. Reduce consumption of beverages like soda and juice, which can be high in sugar, and inflammation-causing foods like fries, margarine, and red or processed meats.
However, it is best to speak with a doctor to plan your diet. They can recommend you an eating plan that is right for you and your individual needs.
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