What is the meaning of PCOD?
The word poly means many, Person who is suffering from the poly-cystic ovarian disease (PCOD) have multiple small cysts in their ovaries due to this Poly-cystic ovaries are generally larger in size and denser than the normal ovaries.
The cysts may not be harmful but they lead to hormone imbalances. The disturbance of hormonal mechanism can lead ovaries to produce an excessive amount of the male reproductive hormones (androgen) and at the same time, there is a failure of egg formation. This excess of androgen with the absence of ovulation may cause infertility.
PCOS also may cause unwanted changes in the way you look. If it isn’t treated, over time it can lead to serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.
How is PCOD diagnosed?
Watch out few symptoms that will help you to find out whether you have PCOD or not?
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Abnormal hair growth or loss (facial hair)
- Weight gain/ obesity (FAST WEIGHT LOSS TIPS)
- Hormonal imbalance
- Dark skin patches on the neck and arms
- Insulin resistance
- Acne or oily skin (HOME REMEDIES FOR ACNE PIMPLES)
Causes of PCOD/PCOS:
Insulin resistance-If you are insulin resistant then your body doesn’t use the available insulin effectively to keep the glucose levels stable and produces more insulin. When you have a high level of insulin, it affects the ovaries by increasing the production of androgen that might interfere with the ovaries’ ability to ovulate.
Family history-If your mother or sisters have a history of PCOD, then there are chances that you too might get diagnosed with this health issue.
Weight gain-Being above a healthy weight worsens insulin resistance and the symptoms of PCOS.
Treatment for PCOD:
The best treatment of PCOD has balanced your hormones first that is where all the problem beings. Once your hormones get corrected, other issues will get fixed easily.
Regular exercise, healthy foods, and weight control are the key treatments for PCOS. This will lower your blood glucose levels and regulate your menstrual cycle.
Birth control pills can be prescribed for those who don’t want to get pregnant. This will help in reducing acne and regulating the menstrual cycle.
Anti-androgens drugs can stop excess hair growth and reduce acne by reducing male hormones level.
Diabetes medications may also be prescribed to lower blood glucose and testosterone levels.
Surgery may be recommended for some women with PCOD.
Diet for PCOD:
PCOD can be managed by diet and healthy lifestyle. Always keep in mind that you should stay away from refined flour and sugar, carbohydrates, rather their diet should consist more of raw fruits and vegetables.
Eat heart-healthy foods. This includes lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, and whole grains.
High-fiber foods can help combat insulin resistance by reducing the impact of sugar on the blood. continue reading…
The symptoms associated with PCOS such as Coping with hirsutism, severe acne, weight changes and fertility problems may affect your body image, self-esteem, sexuality, and femininity.
This may add to depression and anxiety levels can cause stress. Stress reduction techniques can help such as yoga and meditation. Speaking with a therapist or other medical professional may also be beneficial.
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