Tweak your lifestyle

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

The lifestyle and eat­ing habits are much to blame for the ris­ing cases of PCOS. “Of­ten, ir­reg­u­lar sleep­ing pat­terns and ex­ces­sive in­take of junk food are the main causes,” says Goel. While med­i­ca­tion will help you reg­u­late ovu­la­tion, men­strual cy­cle, ex­ces­sive hair growth and other prob­lems, a lifestyle change is very help­ful in treat­ing the dis­or­der. A healthy diet and reg­u­lar work out is a must.

CHECK YOUR WEIGHT: PCOS is very weight de­pen­dent, and it is im­por­tant to lose 10% of body weight if obe­sity wor­ries you as a symp­tom. In­creas­ing daily ac­tiv­ity is highly rec­om­mended. Ex­er­cises that can help you the most are walk­ing, danc­ing, swimming, and aer­o­bics. “To main­tain weight, 25 min­utes of ex­er­cise daily for five days a week is rec­om­mended,” Goel adds.

MIND WHAT YOU EAT: Keep a check on the calo­ries you con­sume. “Re­duce por­tion size and eat five meals a day with proper time gap,” says Gupta. Avoid pro­cessed food, aer­ated drinks, canned or pack­aged food, in­clud­ing ready-to-eat sauces, dips and food dress­ings. “Have more fi­brous food, whole grains, and pro­teins such as oats and sprouts. Avoid sugar and oily food,” says Goel. Also, avoid late night feast­ing and heavy din­ner.

MED­I­CA­TION: Ad­her­ence to med­i­ca­tion is im­por­tant to man­age symp­toms and long-term prob­lems. Strictly fol­low the course ad­vised by your doc­tor and do not quit in be­tween.

Kri­tika Dhawan

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