Have you been piling on the pounds, yet haven't changed your diet? Are your periods irregular or absent altogether? Is your skin breaking out like crazy? These are just a few signs that you may be suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a hormonal condition that affects up to 18% of women. But the good news is that diet and exercise can be extremely helpful in treating the symptoms so you can lead a healthy, happy and fertile life.
HOW PCOS AFFECTS YOUR BODY
Excess testosterone - we all produce some testosterone, but too much can prevent ovulation and muck up your menstrual cycle
Insulin resistance - your body has to produce much more insulin than normal to keep blood sugar levels stable. Excess insulin floating around also increases testosterone produce and can lead to...
Irregular or absent periods
More hair on your body and face (hirsutism)
Less hair on your head (alopecia)
Changes in your skin, such as acne, or darkened skin patches
This can be a bit much to handle which is why depression, anxiety, body image and self-esteem issues may also arise after diagnosis.
But there's good news! A lot of these signs and symptoms can be improved with a few tweaks to your lifestyle, particularly with exercise.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW WAYS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CAN HELP:
Better hormone health - reduces circulating testosterone and improves insulin sensitivity
Achieve a healthy weight for your body - a 5 - 10% weight loss if you're overweight can help restore ovulation & a whole bunch of other symptoms
Reduce insulin resistance - which means you're less likely to develop diabetes or cardiovascular disease
Lift your mood and boost self-esteem - 20 to 30 minutes a day is all you need to lift your spirits and reduce symptoms of depression & anxiety
Reduce excess hair growth and acne - less testosterone and achieving a healthy weight can help reduce these symptoms
Improve your chances of falling pregnant naturally
Improve IVF outcomes
Sounds pretty good right! And all from lacing up your shoes and enjoying some movement. If you want to know the best types of exercise to help with PCOS, you can book an appointment with Sarah who can prescribe a program tailored to your needs.