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So you want to… adapt your diet for PCOS?

What you eat could have an impact on symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal disorders in women, affecting one in 10 in the UK.* It’s different to polycystic ovaries (PCO), which refers to the appearance of multiple ovarian cysts and is considered a variant of normal ovaries. PCOS affects some women with PCO, and can cause irregular periods, excess hair growth, acne or weight gain. But while PCOS is related to our hormones, the symptoms can sometimes be improved through diet.

If you have a BMI of over 25, consultant gynaecolog­ical surgeon Dr John Butler, from The London Clinic, advises that “even a small reduction in weight can significan­tly improve symptoms”. Aim to eat lots of fruit and veg, avoid high-GI foods and have regular meals so your bloodsugar levels don’t yo-yo. “PCOS is your body’s way of saying you can’t handle high sugar levels, so your diet is a chance to really change things.”

Daria Tiesler, a holistic performanc­e coach and a founder at Holistic Performanc­e Method, regularly trains clients with PCOS, and agrees that diet can really help to manage the condition. But how? (Psst… as always, remember to consult your GP before making changes to your diet.)

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