What is PCOS?
PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. PCOS is a reproductive disorder caused by elevated levels of androgens in women. Insulin resistance, irregular periods, acne, cravings, cysts on the ovaries and difficulty losing weight are all reported in PCOS.
While PCOS used to be thought of as one condition, it’s now recognised that there are actually different types of PCOS with different root causes.
1. Insulin Resistant PCOS, in which high fasting blood sugars may be present.
2. Post Pill PCOS, in which hormones and cycle have not yet regulated one year after stopping the contraceptive pill.
3. Adrenal PCOS, which involves low energy availability, high energy expenditure and high stress.
4. Inflammatory PCOS.
As there are different categories of PCOS, there isn’t one dietary strategy or supplement regime that suits everyone. This is why it’s really important to work with a professional with experience in the area to determine the root cause and find an approach that works for you. Regardless of the root cause, lifestyle and dietary modifications can majorly help with its management, improving insulin resistance and weight loss.
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