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PCOS & Thyroid - What Should You Know?

Written and reviewed by
Dr.Jamuna N 92% (157ratings)
MD (MA), DND Nutrition & Dietetics, Phd Medicinal Aromatherapy
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore  •  19years experience
PCOS & Thyroid - What Should You Know?

PCOS is a condition that disturbs the hormonal balance in a female patient. The disease causes infrequent periods in ladies and excess production of the male hormone. The reproduction is disturbed in women having PCOS as a fluid gets collected in the ovaries and ovaries are unable to produce eggs. Diagnosis of PCOS can be done in the patients from their puberty or first period. Irregular periods, polycystic ovaries, and excess androgen are common signs of PCOS.

What to Eat?

A patient suffering from PCOS should keep a close watch on their carbs intake. In PCOS condition, insulin and PCOS are intimately connected. Insulin is responsible for fat metabolism. It is a common belief that patient suffering from PCOS should eliminate carbs from their diet. But carbs are a source of energy and essential for the body. If a person is looking to monitor the intake of carbs when she is suffering from POCS, it is recommended by the doctors that she should take only 100g carbs in the entire day. Try to spread the 100g intake all over the day.

Whole food diets are always recommended for patients with PCOS conditions. Whole food diet keeps a person full for a more extended period of time, and one can avoid small snack cravings always. Dieticians suggest that PCOS can be managed with a well-balanced diet and whole food diet is essential since they are full of proteins and fiber. Avoid processed food and follow a balanced diet suggested by the dietician. Include whole grains, lean cut meats, and fishes and vegetables in the diet to maintain PCOS.

Probiotic food is fermented food which is easy to digest and help a person to lose weight. Include probiotics in a daily diet, as it helps a person improve body bloating, and eventually, one can lose weight easily. Yogurt, buttermilk, and probiotic milk are good for the digestion and help a person fight symptoms of PCOS and thyroid.

What to Avoid?

Doctors recommend that sweet foods increase craving. They also contain calorie which is harmful to the body by increasing the sugar levels in the blood. With an increase in the level of sugar in the blood, one may face problems like diabetes, and it will harm overall health even more. If a person is facing problems like weight issues and PCOS, one must try to eliminate sugar as it will help in to improve blood sugar levels. Along with sugary foods also avoid processed foods like pizza, juices, and ice creams. Anything unhealthy and processed should be avoided by patients with PCOS and thyroid. Also, the intake of solid fats like margarine, solid fats, and lard are not good for health.

The cooking method has an impact on managing PCOS symptoms. If a person adds lots of vegetables in the diet and does not cook them properly, one might not get the desired result. It is essential that a person takes proper care in cooking vegetables as directed by the dietician. Follow a strict method of cooking; use dry roasting and grilling methods to cook vegetables. One can also steam the veggies so that they do not lose their nutritional value.

Take Away:

These are some of the most helpful ways to manage PCOS and Thyroid. However, it is always advisable to consult a dietician before following these diets.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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