PCOS is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heart disease, certain cancers, dyslipidemia, eating disorders, hepatic steatosis infertility and miscarriage.
The diagnostic criteria for PCOS include ovulatory dysfunction (irregular or absent periods), hyperandrogenism (an excess of male hormones) and occasionally, the presence of cysts surrounding the ovaries, which can be seen via transvaginal pelvic ultrasound.
Symptoms of PCOS
- Insulin resistance
- Irregular or absent periods
- Excessive hair growth on face and bdy
- Unexplained weight gain
- Male-pattern baldness
- Fertility issues
*Speak with your physician if you believe you have PCOS.
Treatment for PCOS
Although there is no cure for PCOS, treatments and lifestyle such as sleep, physical activity, stress management and diet changes can help improve symptoms, quality of life and associated health risks. Particularly, a balanced diet comprised of low-glycemic and high-fiber carbohydrates is recommended along with regular exercise to help manage insulin levels.
- Sugar cravings
- Mindful eating
- Label reading
- Preconception and fertility nutrition
- Improving your fertility