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Living with PCOS: Foods to avoid

30th December 2013

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders among women. There are numerous ways you can start to help relieve some of your symptoms like weight gain, excessive facial and body hair, irregular menstrual cycles and skin problems like acne such as laser treatment for acne and laser hair removal.

These treatments can found in reliable clinics such as sk:n. A prominent issue that women with PCOS are often depressed about however is related to weight gain. It's important to avoid certain foods that increase your insulin resistance as part of your PCOS treatment strategy.

Sweets: refined sugar causes elevated levels of insulin

If you have been diagnosed with PCOS then you must ensure you avoid any foods that contain great quantities of sugar such as desserts, chocolates and sweets. This will increase levels of insulin in your body.

Soft drinks: high sugar content

Sports drinks and soft drinks have a high sugar content and can increase your insulin level. The aim is to avoid all drinks with added sugars to control your weight.

White bread: has high glycemic index (GI)

White bread has a high glycemic index, which increases insulin levels. Try to replace white breads with unprocessed, whole grain based foods.

Carbohydrates: worsens PCOS symptoms with increased levels of insulin

As high levels of insulin can worsen all of the symptoms of PCOS, a diet which consists of low glycemic index diet would be greatly recommended, making carbohydrates as only 30-40% of your diet. It also helps to combine carbohydrates with proteins or healthy fats and to eat small portions of carbohydrates throughout the course of the day instead of just eating it as part of one big meal.

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