Polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) have multiple small cysts in their ovaries. These cysts occur when the regular changes of a normal menstrual cycle are disrupted. The ovary is enlarged; and produces excessive amounts of androgen and estrogenic hormones. This excess, along with the absence of ovulation, may cause infertility. Other names for PCOD are Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or the Stein-Leventhal syndrome.
Causes of PCOD:
We don't really understand what causes PCOD, though we do know that it has a significant hereditary component, and is often transmitted from mother to daughter . We also know that the characteristic polycystic ovary emerges when a state of an ovulation persists for a length of time. Patients with PCO have persistently elevated levels of androgens and estrogens, which set up a vicious cycle. Obesity can aggravate PCOD because fatty tissues are hormonally active and they produce estrogen which disrupts ovulation . Overactive adrenal glands can also produce excess androgens, and these may also contribute to PCOD. These women also have insulin resistance ( high levels of insulin in their blood, because their cells do not respond normally to insulin).
Weight Loss Diet for PCOD
- In case of PCod,Carbohydrate loading is very important to improve insulin sensitivity.
- Whey protein
- Avoid High Glycemic Index foods
- Include Green Leafy Vegetables & Fruits
- Essential Fats:
Not all fat is bad and healthy fats are essential for your PCOS diet.
Essential fatty acids are really important for maintaining the cell wall, which allows nutrients in, and toxins out. They are also vital for hormone balance, weight management and fertility.These healthy fats are found in nuts and seeds, oily fish, avocado and olive oil so be sure to incorporate those into your diet.
6. Adequate Quantity of Vitamin B and Magnesium
Whilst diet is hugely important aspect to tackling PCOS, we must not forget other lifestyle changes that will help to overcome PCOS and it’s symptoms.
- Exercise regularly
- Manage stress levels
- Share the burden and get good support from your family and friends.
- Look after yourself and pamper yourself. We need to reclaim our womanhood and femininity so a little bit of TLC is definitely in order.
There is no magical formula that’s going to make us all better. However, by making these diet and lifestyle changes now, we can manage our symptoms and improve our health.