Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) a common hormonal disorder that affects many pre-menopausal women. It is also known to be one of the leading causes of infertility amongst women.
Symptoms of PCOS include
- Irregular or non-existing periods
- Reduced fertility or complete infertility
- Hirsutism: excess hair growth on the face, chest and tummy
- Alopecia: Hair loss on the head
- Acne and other skin conditions
- Obesity and difficulty losing weight in general
- Higher risk of a miscarriage.
- Low blood sugar
- Constant fatigue
If you regularly experience one or more of these symptoms, it is advised that you pay a visit to your doctor.
The exact cause of PCOS is not known yet, but what researchers do know is that PCOS and insulin resistance goes hand-in-hand. Most women who suffer from PCOS also suffer from insulin resistance, which means that they are at a high risk of developing diabetes and/or heart disease.
The best advice for women with PCOS is to try and keep their weight as close to their ideal body weight as possible, and to also take action against insulin resistance.
Recent studies have shown that whilst you can manage your body weight by various diets, a Low GI diet seems to work best for women with PCOS. This is not because it causes quicker weight loss than other diets, as different diets work best for different people, but because it can assist in managing insulin resistance.
The results for this study suggested that the Low GI diet helped improve the body’s insulin sensitivity, and in turn helped manage other symptoms like menstrual cycles and blood sugar levels.