Sally M. asks,“I have just been diagnosed
with PCOS and don’t know what I should be eating.
Answer: PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) is
a disorder that causes a woman’s body to make too
much male hormone. This can cause irregular
periods and can possibly make it difficult to get pregnant.
Symptoms include weight gain, poor glucose control, high
cholesterol, and high triglycerides – very unpleasant.
Ways to be healthy with PCOS:
- Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. I know it’s
easier said than done – especially with PCOS! Weight loss can
help maintain blood glucose levels and reduce high cholesterol –
and it can help lower testosterone levels (which is the main
perpetrator). Since it’s a little tougher to lose weight with
PCOS, you may want to see a dietitian to help you
through it the healthy way. See www.dietitians.ca to find a
dietitian in your area.
- Choose foods with a low glycemic index (GI) – these foods tend
to digest slower in the body, and thus will not raise blood glucose
levels as quickly. Foods higher in fiber and protein tend to
have a lower GI, while foods high in sugar tend to have a higher
GI. So get rid of the white stuff!
- Exercise daily.
- Get enough omega 3’s from fish, flax, canola
oil and walnuts.
- More beans less meat!
- Eat at regular mealtimes and don’t skip meals.
Just remember that there is hope! It just may take a
little more effort to achieve what you want – but it’s worth
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may not work for you, and should not take the place of the
recommendations made by your own medical personnel. We are not
responsible for the outcomes of any recommendations. Do not make
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