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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a genetically linked hormonal imbalance that affects 7% of women of reproductive age. It is the most common hormonal disorder among all women.

During PCOS the body is ineffective in processing insulin and regulating glucose (sugar) in the blood. Therefore, many of the symptoms of PCOS take on the same characteristics as Diabetes. Similar to Diabetes, it is important to seek dietary intervention to learn how to control, manage and care for your Diagnosis of PCOS.

Women with PCOS may encounter the following:

  • 40% higher risk of Diabetes by 40 years old
  • Increased Cardiovascular Disease
  • Increased Weight Gain
  • Struggles with Acne
  • Depression
  • Infertility

It is recommended that women with PCOS seek healthy weight maintenance.

Since PCOS is associated with insulin resistance, consuming foods that are lower in simple sugars are believed to help glucose control. Dietary recommendations for PCOS include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Consume whole grain carbohydrates instead of simple sugars
  • Eat protein rich foods with carbohydrates in order to slow sugar release into blood
  • Consume a minimum of 8 glass of water per day
  • Limit saturated fats and consume more unsaturated fats
  • Exercise!

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are designed to stimulate the body’s own natural production of hormones and regulate the menstrual cycle by gently correcting underlying deficiencies. Combined with dietary adjustments, acupuncture and herbal medicine is a holistic solution to PCOS  – by improving the body’s own natural healing potential.

Article republished with permission by Leah Kaufman, Registered Dietician at Just For Today NYC

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