Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is often caused by small cysts growing on the ovaries. Although harmless, these cysts lead to hormone imbalances, and those living with PCOS may notice several unwanted side effects. Research has shown that women living with PCOS who adopt positive lifestyles can overcome the symptoms caused by this disease. Here are ten tips for living with, and managing, the symptoms caused by PCOS.
- Adopt healthy eating habits By eating a diet low in carbohydrates and refined sugars you can help reverse the imbalances of glucose and insulin in your body that cause PCOS symptoms to flare up.
- Fit exercise into your daily routine Whether it is a 20-minute walk, playing outside with your kids, or going to a Pilates class, exercise has proven to boost metabolism and burn calories which helps to control insulin levels and, in turn, results in weight loss.
- Avoid stimulants Coffee and other stimulants cause increases in insulin production which have proven to have a negative impact on women with PCOS.
- Get regular physical exams Meeting regularly with your doctor to monitor and treat issues will help you stay healthy until the symptoms come under control through the adoption of healthy eating and exercise habits.
- Relax Take a bubble bath, watch an old movie, or do something else that you really enjoy doing. It can make the biggest difference in how you feel on the inside.
- Seek support networks Although it may feel like it, you are definitely not alone in your struggle with PCOS. There are thousands of women out there who are experiencing the same symptoms and emotions that you are. Do not be shy.
- Ask questions With PCOS, there is no one size fits all solution to control the disease. Symptoms vary with each person so you really need to ask questions of your physicians and do research on your own.
- Get help if you are depressed If you are feeling more than a little sad and cannot shake the feeling of disillusionment associated with the condition, get help. The fact is you can live a positive life even when dealing with PCOS.
- See a specialist As PCOS gets more attention from physicians, the media and others, there are more and more treatment options being offered.
- Maintain a positive attitude Maintaining a positive attitude is essential to realizing positive outcomes in any aspect of life. Be positive and create opportunities for yourself that can help you realize your dreams. Just because you have PCOS does not mean you cannot live your best life!
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