MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DGO
Gynaecologist, Navi Mumbai
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Weight loss can help relieve most of the problems associated with PCOD.
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When you are affected by PCOD, losing weight would not just help in reducing the risks involved but also make you feel better. Weight loss can improve insulin sensitivity which can reduce the risks of heart ailments, high blood sugar and other complications of PCOD. Exercising and eating a healthy diet on a regular basis are the best measures to attain a healthy weight. When you have PCOD, you should aim to reduce at least 10 percent of your body weight.
Certain medications can help you manage your weight better.
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When you are affected by PCOD and willing to lose weight, you should pay a visit to your doctor. He will evaluate your body weight and height to calculate the body mass index. He can prescribe proper medications including birth control pills and anti-androgen medicines which can mitigate the effects of male hormones. There are certain medicines which are specifically formulated to promote weight loss in women suffering from PCOD.
Which of these are the common problems of a woman affected by PCOD?
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PCOD or polycystic ovary disease is a common hormonal disorder. Such women have high levels of male hormones and have a sensitivity to insulin. Many also become obese and overweight and as a result, they also become susceptible to high blood sugar, heart ailments, sleep apnea and even uterine cancer. It also causes issues with ovulations and thus has an impact on fertility. If you are suffering from PCOD, certain lifestyle changes can help in alleviating the symptoms.
What is the primary cause of weight gain while suffering from PCOD?
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PCOD makes it difficult for the body to utilize insulin which is in charge of converting starch and sugar derived from the foods to energy. This condition known as insulin resistance can cause sugar and starch build-up in the bloodstream. This leads to overproduction of male hormone which, in turn, leads to unwanted weight gain around the abdomen. If you have started becoming obese without any particular change in lifestyle, you should consult with an expert to check if you have PCOD.
Adopting healthy habits can help you lose weight when you are suffering from PCOD.
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Besides taking medicines, you should add healthy habits into your daily chores to keep your weight within limits. These include eating diets rich in fibre, limiting the intake of sugar, dividing the meals into smaller parts and exercising regularly. It is difficult to create a healthy eating chart on your own and you can always seek the advice of a dietician. If you are a smoker, you should involve yourself in a program that can aid you to quit. If you are diabetic or have high blood sugar, talk to your doctor regarding how you can bring it to optimal levels.