20 Jun Eating for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Are you one of the 1 out of 10 women who struggles with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
Symptoms can include irregular and heavy periods, excess facial hair, thinning hair on your head, acne, difficulty sleeping and troubles getting pregnant. Some women don’t realize they have PCOS until they have difficulty conceiving. It’s one of the main causes of infertility.
PCOS is associated with high insulin levels in the body (the hormone that helps us use carbohydrate). This can lead to weight gain and craving carbs. Treatment can include medications, such as metformin to manage high insulin levels.
Weight loss is touted as the way to manage PCOS via diet. The photo below was the only stock image I could find related to PCOS, and is heavily weight/diet focused! Yet women with PCOS have extreme difficulty losing weight. And to be fair – most people who lose weight in general gain it back (and often more!) anyways.
Regardless of weight loss, focusing on low-glycemic index carbohydrates, and adequate protein intake may be beneficial. But also challenging, if all you crave is carbs (thanks to the extra insulin). Supplements such as vitamin D, folic acid, omega-3 fats, certain types of inositol, chromium also help some women with PCOS.
Sarah is a consulting dietitian with First Step Nutrition. She specializes in PCOS. Having the condition herself, gives her insight into the real daily challenges women with PCOS experience, making her the perfect dietitian to be your guide.
Sarah’s experience with PCOS also includes research looking into the effects of nutrition intervention and PCOS outcomes. Through this study, and working with clients, she’s seen the burden of the impossible task of trying to follow a prescribed diet, when your body is experiencing intensified cravings and huge resistance to even the smallest weight loss. These diets cause more harm than good, for both your physical and mental health.
If you’re ready to work with an expert who ‘gets it,’ to navigate a sustainable holistic approach to managing PCOS, get in touch!