Besides insulin resistance and the high levels of androgen (male hormones) associated with PCOS , other health issues women with PCOS may encounter include:
• Weight gain or obesity
• Cardiovascular disease
• Endometrial cancer
• Metabolic syndrome
• Type 2 diabetes
• Sleep apnea
• Bleeding from the uterus and higher risk of uterine cancer
• Inflammation of liver
Some complication of PCOS may not be serious threats to your health, but they can be unwanted and embarrassing.
• Abnormal body and facial hair growth
• Thinning hair on your head
• Weight gain around your middle waist
• Acne dark patches and other skin problems
Symptoms of PCOS/PCOD may begin shortly after puberty, but can also develop during the later teen years and early adulthood. PCOS may go undiagnosed for some time.
female with PCOS typically have irregular or missed periods as a result of not ovulating, Although some female may develop cysts on their ovaries many female do not.
1. Hair loss from your scalp
2. Oily skin and acne problem
3. Menstrual Problems
4. Depression and mood swings
5. Difficulty in conceiving, women with PCOS has trouble in getting pregnant
6. Fatigue – Many people with PCOS report increased fatigue and low energy
7. Pelvic pain – Pelvic pain may occur with periods, along with heavy bleeding. It may also occur when a woman isn’t bleeding.
8. Headache – Hormonal changes prompt headaches
9. Signs of Insulin resistance – are also associated with PCOS (Type II Diabetic)
10. Excess Androgen – Elevated levels of male hormones may result in physical signs such as excess facial and body hair ( hirsutism) and occasionally sever acne and male pattern baldness.
ANJU PRASAD Dietician from Mumbai made an Interesting and enlightening presentation cum speech on Healthy Lifestyle and Foods at ASHA-LATA Auditorium. Prasad gave special emphasis on Malnutrition & its effect on Pregnant women and Disable children. Students, teachers of ASHA-LATA and large no. of people from Bokaro got benefited.
A Smoothie is good option as it combines the whole fruit & yogurt. It contains fiber & nutrients too, thus keeps you full for a longer time. Smoothies are also good for those who can’t chew a whole fruit or has been advised to go on a juice diet due medical condition. They are a refreshing choice before a workout as they are rich in carbohydrates & high-quality protein.
Many people tend to skip fruit & other foods that are high in carbohydrates, instead opting to eat a protein snacks. But protein doesn’t break down fast enough to become fuel for a workout where as carbs from the fruit break down quickly & provide you instant energy.
Eat less food, more often : Spread out meals to feel satisfied throughout the day. Eating 5-6 smaller meals instead of having ,2 heavy meals can make a big difference in your energy levels, it controls cravings.
Don’t deprive yourself : Don’t lose weight by not consuming enough calories during the day. Never let yourself get to the point where you feel like you’re starving. It will only make you overeat later.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. Infertility is one of the most common PCOS symptoms.
If you have two or more of the following symptoms, you need to have a thorough checkup to determine if you need PCOS treatment:
• Irregular or missing menstrual periods
• Excess or unwanted body or facial hair growth
• Thinning hair on the scalp
• Weight problems, often including weight gain around the waist
• Skin problems, including skin tags, darkening skin and acne
• Diabetes, elevated insulin levels or insulin resistance
• Heart and blood vessel problems
• Sleep apnea
Each of these problems can be life threatening, which is why treatment for PCOS is so important
Lifestyle and Prevention
One of the best treatments for PCOS is a healthy lifestyle. Exercise can also help the body regulate insulin and keep excess weight off. Losing weight is challenging with PCOS, but doing so can help reduce the male hormone levels in the body, and some women will begin to ovulate naturally. With a proper diagnosis, lifestyle changes and PCOS treatment, women can get relief from this condition and the overwhelming health problems it can cause.