Affecting approximately 10 million women in the world, Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health condition in which there is an imbalance of reproductive hormones, creating problems in the ovaries.

There are many symptoms associated with PCOS, the most common being absent or irregular periods, acne, weight gain, and excess body hair (hirsutism).

Managing these symptoms as well as reducing the risk of other medical issues can be aided by controlling one’s diet, specifically regulating insulin levels.

Many women with PCOS are insulin resistant, meaning the pancreas needs to produce more insulin in response to high blood sugar levels. Over time, this causes high insulin and high blood sugar levels, forcing the ovaries to make more testosterone which can impair fertility.

Adding the following foods to your diet can aid in combatting insulin resistance by slowing down digestion and reducing the impact of sugar on the blood.

  • Fruits and Vegetables with Low Glycemic Index
    • Including: Cherries, strawberries, plums, grapefruit, apples, pears, kiwi, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini, leafy greens.
  • Healthy Fats
    • Avocado, olive oil, nuts, seeds.
  • Lean Protein
    • Chicken, fish, lentils
  • Complex Carbohydrates
    • Whole grain breads and cereals, legumes, oatmeal, quinoa.

These foods will not cure PCOS, but can aid greatly in reducing symptoms.

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