Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder that affects approximately 6-10% of Canadian women. It causes the ovaries to produce excess male hormones (androgens), which commonly results in obesity, excess hair growth on face and body, acne, and problems with ovulation and menstrual cycles often leading to infertility. PCOS is also associated with insulin-resistance and Type-2 Diabetes. High insulin levels and excess androgens are usually the key instigators of this condition. Signs and symptoms of PCOS can vary from woman to woman, and can also overlap with symptoms of other hormonal conditions such as thyroid dysfunction.
Stress, diet and lifestyle play a major part in developing Polycystic ovarian syndrome, and PCOS can be improved by taking charge of these areas of your life.
Are you taking these supplements?
Chromium improves insulin sensitivity and helps to improve blood-sugar control.
Vitamin D helps improve blood sugar control, and is often seen to be deficient in women with PCOS.
Chaste Berry helps to establish a normal menstrual cycle and improve fertility in women with PCOS
How’s your diet?
Eat a low carbohydrate diet focusing on complex carbohydrates such as quinoa, legumes, and oats (slow-cooked) can help keep your blood sugar stable and avoid insulin spikes
Avoid refined carbohydrates & sugars as they are high on the glycemic index and cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin, leading to insulin resistance. Examples of these foods include all white flour products such as breads & pastas, white rice, and all foods containing white sugar.
Not all women present with all the classic symptoms of Polycystic ovarian syndrome. If you suspect you may have PCOS, it is very important to get the right testing done. Talk to your endocrinologist and your naturopathic doctor to see how you can be evaluated and treated for Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Dr. Nadia Saleem, ND