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Support for PCOS

Health conditions can be a minefield to navigate.

Odhealth gives you the support to understand polycystic ovary syndrome and work with your own personal nutritionist.

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Support for PCOS

What is PCOS?

One out of 10 women of childbearing age experience polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) .

This condition affects how ovaries work, where some symptoms include facial hair, difficulty getting pregnant, and irregular periods.

This syndrome can lead to other serious health conditions like cardiovascular problems, diabetes, risk of endometrial cancer, and depression.

How can my diet affect PCOS?

Research has shown that a diet can help reduce the impact of PCOS through weight management as well as insulin resistance and production. 50% of PCOS patients develop diabetes or pre-diabetes before the age of 40. Managing insulin has been proven to be the best approach to take for this condition. Hence, following a diet can help people with PCOS feel better by meeting the person’s nutritional needs, promoting good insulin levels, and maintaining a healthy weight.

How can a nutritionist help with PCOS?

1. Diet

It should be understood that there is no standard diet for PCOS just yet, even though some people found that what they eat can have a significant effect on PCOS. A low glycaemic index diet, an anti-inflammatory diet, or a DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet are the usual diets that may help people control PCOS symptoms. Research has shown that each of these diets has had effective results with patients. However, in general, losing weight helps women with PCOS regardless of their diet.

2. Lifestyle

Changing some habits and forming new behavioural strategies that can help women reach their goals has proven effective, especially for PCOS patients.

Physical activity is one of the most important hobbies leading to weight loss, improved cholesterol levels, more regular periods, reduced levels of male hormones and hair growth, and improved insulin metabolism. Other strategies that were found to be effective are social support networks, monitoring techniques (self or nutritionist), goal setting, and caring for psychological well-being.

Reducing stress to get enough sleep as well as making time to relax and practice meditation techniques can be effective for people suffering from PCOS.

3. Condition management

Managing PCOS can be through some everyday changes to our daily lifestyle as mentioned above; however, if you experience discomfort in the pelvic area, difficulty getting pregnant, weight gain, acne, extra hair growth, and irregular periods mentioning them to your doctor might be the best approach to start the treatment plan as soon as possible to feel better sooner.

4. Progress reporting

Everybody’s relationship and reaction to diets are different due to our different body compositions. A nutritionist can tailor a plan to one’s personal needs, requirements, and preferences. PCOS can be managed, and self-monitoring is recommended to evaluate the consequences of this condition. Being healthy and understanding how our eating habits can affect our bodies is necessary at every stage of our lives.

Nutritional Considerations for PCOS

In general, a PCOS diet should help you lose weight and avoid foods that are already widely seen as unhealthy. These include avoiding refined carbohydrates, fried foods, sugary beverages, solid fats, excess red meat, and processed meats. Some healthy foods to include in our diet would be high-fibre, unprocessed food, dark red fruit, fatty fish, broccoli and cauliflower, and some nuts.

Author: Celine Tabche MSc, ANtr

Celine is a postgraduate researcher in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. She has a background in Biology from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and volunteered for the Red Cross throughout. Awarded a Master’s degree in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition at University College London (UCL) and volunteered as a student representative throughout. She is certified as an Associate Nutritionist in the UK with over two years of clinical nutritional consultations. She is also a student member of the Royal Society for Public Health. She currently works with the WHO Collaborating Centre at Imperial College which helps WHO with multiple projects in Public Health education and evaluation of Health systems. She has been working on multiple reports and articles involving bariatric surgery and obesity, COVID-19, maternal mortality rates, the public health system, and many more. Celine has given multiple conferences about preventative medicine and nutrition. She has volunteered her free time over the past year for the NHS GoodSam responder to provide support to the vulnerable groups during the pandemic.

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MSc, RNutr

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BSc, ANutr

Séanín Smith

MSc, ANutr

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What people say

“Such an incredible and useful session – Phoebe really knows her stuff.”

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“Alice made the session enjoyable and informative, she is very knowledgable and able to provide clear guidance”

“Honestly life changing! I can’t believe the difference in how I feel”

What people say

“Such an incredible and useful session – Phoebe really knows here stuff.”

“Seanin was lovely, professional and really helpful. Loved my session with her”

“Alice made the session enjoyable and informative, she is very knowledgable and able to provide clear guidance”

“Honestly life changing! I can’t believe the difference in how I feel”

Sustainability

and it's good for the planet too!

10% of profits go to funding reforestation projects through our partners Plant Your Future.

Talk to your nutritionist about making more sustainable choices.

What people say

“Such an incredible and useful session – Phoebe really knows her stuff.”

“Seanin was lovely, professional and really helpful. Loved my session with her”

“Alice made the session enjoyable and informative, she is very knowledgable and able to provide clear guidance”

“Honestly life changing! I can’t believe the difference in how I feel”

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