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The relationship between diet, insulin resistance, and PCOS


PCOS is a hormonal disorder that can result in a wide range of symptoms such as

  • Irregular periods.
  • Excessive facial hair.
  • Scalp hair loss.
  • Acne etc.

All of these make us feel insecure and hate our bodily appearance. No evidence suggests you to cut out on certain foods to manage PCOS. But if you have PCOS and food intolerances, avoiding certain foods might make you feel better overall, even if it has no direct impact with your PCOS.

According to Best hospital for PCOS in chennai, a balanced diet includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, legumes like beans and peas, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, oils, and proteins like lean meats, poultry, seafood, and eggs. Limited usage of Trans fats, saturated fats, added sugars, and excessive sodium is also advisable. A balanced diet is recommended for those with PCOS in parts because eating this way can help you incorporate more foods that are low on the glycemic index (GI). Low GI foods take longer to digest and absorb, thus raising your blood sugar levels at a slower rate. Eating lots of foods that are high on the glycemic index like white cereal and pasta force the pancreas to work hard to produce extra insulin, which may reduce insulin resistance.

A lot of low GI foods are high in fiber, which requires more time to digest. Low GI, high-fiber foods include quinoa, rolled oats, barley, bulgur wheat, whole-grain bread, beans, and lentils. This doesn’t mean going on a low GI diet but instead eating more of these foods.

According to science, eating this way also helps in calming the systemic inflammation that seems like it might be linked to PCOS. Inflammation is a normal immune process that happens when your body is trying to protect you from an irritant or injury. But the issue is when this inflammation becomes chronic, there is a chance it may prompt the ovaries to produce too many androgens.

There’s nothing called anti-inflammatory diet as such but it is believed that choosing low GI carbs, cutting trans-fat, and eating more plant-based sources of protein or fatty fish like salmon could help fight this kind of chronic low-grade inflammation.

But remember one thing, you don’t need to cut out everything. If you are the person who loves to have a balanced diet, imposing a restrictive diet on yourself can make it much harder to have a healthy relationship with food. What matters the most is eating in a safe, sustainable way that is healthy for you, which isn’t something anyone besides you and Hospital for PCOS treatment in Chennai decide.

Visit Mint Hospitals today and avail the 4 month exclusive package which includes

  • Consultation with Dr.Sharanya (Gynecologist)
  • Nutritionist
  • Ultrasound
  • Blood tests

All of these for Rs.4500 only.