Tweak your 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.