Post Cystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) also known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a gynecological disorder among women. In this, the follicular cysts constantly developed and as a result the ovary gets enlarged and is marked by disturbances in menstrual cycles which result in weight gain, not able to conceive, hair problems and stress. Though the genetic link and hormonal imbalance is scrutinized as the cause of this disorder, the exact reason is still unknown to medical science.
Although PCOD is a quite common disorder in females in their twenties, it differs from person to person. Because of busy schedules and modern lifestyle, our health and diet suffers a lot and this further make more related health problems. We must maintain a good health by changing the way we eat. This can help us manage the symptoms in a much better way. Certain foods will become the reason for the symptoms of PCOD such as sugar, refined flour, dairy products and more intake of carbohydrates. Hence staying away from these types of foods helps maintaining insulin levels in our body. Foods like raw fruits, leafy green vegetables and also foods with low glycemic in diet helps in maintaining nutritional values and also helps in weight management.
It is true that genetic tests helps in determining our health conditions, but a proper and balanced diet goes much further. We can manage our health in a better way by following a balanced diet. Our genes have already decided everything inside us such as our skin colour, body height and the health disorders those we might be developing in our lifetime.
Here is some of the common symptoms noted in patients with PCOD:
- Menstrual disorder or irregularity in monthly periods.
- Skin rashes and acne.
- Obesity or abnormal weight gain.
- Reduced infertility.
- Hair fall and hair growth on the face.
- Heart or cardiac problems
PCOD is not a permanent medical condition and can be treated and managed effectively with a well-planned diet and medical aid. Noted below are some dietary guidelines that if followed, can help you manage your PCOD symptoms and keep check on weight gain in an effective manner:-
Foods to be include in your diet:
- Green leafy veggies: helps boosting metabolism, evens glucose levels and enhances thyroid functions for PCOD patients.
- Raw fresh fruits: regular consumption of fruits like watermelon and apples helps in combating skin rashes and acnes.
- Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids: oily fish, nuts and seeds rich in omega 3 fatty acids increases good cholesterol and decreases bad cholesterol levels in the body.
- Fish, poultry and tofu: rich in lean proteins helps in reducing weight and checks high blood insulin levels.
- Tomatoes: rich in lycopene prevents the onset of heart related diseases in PCOD patients.
Selection from other food groups are as recommended:
- Other fruits: peaches, plums, pears, papaya, oranges.
- Dairy: soy milk, skimmed or toned milk, paneer, yoghurt.
- Nuts: walnuts, almonds, flaxseeds.
- Vegetables: carrot, cauliflower, mushrooms, lettuce, peppers, broccoli, onion, spinach, celery, peas.
- Cereals: oatmeal, oats, muesli, whole wheat porridge, barley, quinoa, bran flakes, multigrain bread.
- Pulses: whole pulses, channa dal, beans, yellow moong, green moong.
Foods to be avoided in your diet:
- Refined carbohydrates: foods like pastas and white breads are rich in unhealthy fats and should be avoidedas they lead to weight gain.
- Foods high in glycemic index: rice, potatoes and sugary foods cause sudden rise in blood sugar levels and are therefore very dangerous.
- Certain dairy products: regular intake of dairy products like milk and cheese increase testosterone levels that further aggravates PCOD symptoms.
- Bad and unhealthy fats: fats are essential in supplying calories the body requires, but not all fats are good. Cutting down on red meat, egg yolks and certain dairy products is necessary. Strictly avoid processed and fast foods.
Although these dos and don’ts and changes in your regular diet will certainly help you managing your PCOD symptoms, it is always advisable to consult an expert dietician to get a planned and nicely crafted diet plan genetic depending upon your background, medical history and taste preferencesalong with following a lifestyle that revolves around the suggested advises and exercises for more better and quicker results against PCOD symptoms.
For better diagnosis and results always get your tested and get sure.
Dietitian Sheela Seharawat. She is one of the youngest successful entrepreneur of India and founder & chief mentor of Diet Clinic Health Care Pvt Ltd.
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