Last modified on May 2021
With inputs from Parvathy Menon - Dietitian and Nutritionist
September is commemorated annually as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month around the world. This month-long observance has been established to raise awareness on how to reduce PCOD symptoms and highlight issues and reasons for PCOD. A well crafter diet for PCOD can do wonders in tackling the issue. Addressing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) as a public health priority and mobilising awareness-raising efforts has never been more important than now, as the condition is becoming increasingly prevalent among women all over the world today.
This is not to say that the condition is new: PCOS was first recognised as early as in the year 1935 by Drs. Stein and Leventhal. Recent years have, however, seen a significant spike in the incidence of PCOS.
A study conducted by ‘Conquer PCOS’, a CSR initiative of Metropolis Healthcare Limited, shows that 1 out of every 10 women in India is affected by PCOS.
Most women who suffer from PCOS do not have adequate information about their condition or what they can do to manage their symptoms. This causes their health condition to spiral out of control and quickly sets off a chain reaction of other diseases. If left untreated, PCOS may increase a woman’s risk for endometrial cancer.
Diet is said to play a vital role in controlling PCOD and here is a detailed guide on an Indian diet during PCOD, which includes what to eat and what to avoid to manage the condition.
COVID-19 Alert: How to manage PCOD during the COVID-19 outbreak?
The cases of COVID in India are, unfortunately, seeing a spike on a day-to-day basis only to put one under worrisome state. Such unprecedented changes due to the COVID-19 spread can harm one’s overall health. Hence, keeping some points in mind, especially for women with PCOD, can help them handle the situation more calmly.
- Bring a more disciplined lifestyle; that is fixing your sleep schedules and ensuring to get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep.
- Strictly maintain the PCOD diet plan. Include more variety of foods, especially green leafy vegetables, low glycemic fruits, and adequate lean protein.
- Do some form of physical activity, like walking, running or even dancing. Make sure to practice meditation daily to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Most importantly, drink plenty of water.
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