PCOD and Myth About It in Females explained by Nutritionist Azra Khan

PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease) or PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

has taken the world of women by storm. It is a major ailment concerning a huge chunk of young females in India presently. PCOD strikes mostly at an early age, therefore, a substantial number of young adults go through this problem. This is a common endocrine disorder of unknown aetiology, affecting 5-10% of women of reproductive age. The average age group suffering from PCOD and its myth varies between 18 and 45 years.

PCOD MYTHS

1) WOMEN WITH PCOS CANNOT CONCEIVE NATURALLY

PCOS symptoms, like those of any other metabolic disorder, can be managed with lifestyle adjustments and a well-structured nutrition plan.

While anovulation (the failure of the ovaries to release eggs) remains a major issue for women with this illness, addressing lifestyle and nutrition issues can help with symptom management and even natural conception.

Nonetheless, some women may need to seek the advice of a fertility specialist and consider other methods. This isn’t to suggest they won’t be able to have children; it just means they could need professional help.

2)  SMOKING  HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED  WITH PCOS

PCOS symptoms are exacerbated by smoking, hookah/ shisha, and even passive smoking.

Glycotoxins are a type of toxin found in cigarette smoke. These poisons increase the chances of heart disease, cancer, and PCOS, among other things.

Smoking raises the body’s AGE levels. Advanced glycation end products (glycotoxins), often known as AGEs, cause oxidation and inflammation in the body.

Women with PCOS have twice as many AGE receptors in their ovaries as women without the condition. It has been proven that smoking even a few cigarettes per week is dangerous.

Switching to a low-AGE diet (rich in legumes, beans, and fruits) has been shown to lower oxidative stress and improve insulin sensitivity.

3) SOYA SHOULD BE AVOIDED IF YOU  HAVE PCOS.

Soybeans have been demonised by false dairy industry-sponsored research and the media. In fact, countries that consume the most soybeans and their by-products had the fewest instances of PCOS.

4) PCOS IS ALWAYS ASSOCIATED WITH A DROP  IN ESTROGEN (female sex hormone)

PCOS is a hormonal condition that is frequently linked to an increase in androgen activity (male sex hormone).

In our bodies, we all have a mix of male and female sex hormones. Women, on the other hand, have larger quantities of estrogen, the female sex hormone. However, in PCOS/PCOD, the male sex hormone androgen is often increased. This causes symptoms such as hair loss and facial hair

5) A LOW- CARB DIET IS THE BEST FOR PCOS SYMPTOMS MANAGEMENT

While extra body fat has been linked to PCOS, this does not mean that all women with PCOS are obese.

However, there is a complication here. In the body, we mostly have two types of fat distribution patterns. The fat layer beneath our skin is referred to as subcutaneous fat.’ This may be seen with the naked eye, and we commonly link it with obesity.

There are also fat cells distributed in between our internal organs. This kind of fat cells, called visceral fat, are not visible to the naked eye but are extremely dangerous. Look at this diagram to understand more

6) YOU HAVE TO HAVE CYSTIC OVARIES TO HAVE PCOS

Although the condition is known as POLYcystic ovarian syndrome, you may not have poly (many) cysts in your ovaries. Cystic ovaries are a requirement for PCOS, although it is not the only one. There may be an increase in male hormone levels, as well as abnormal ovulation and menstrual cycles, but no cysts.

This is a very one-dimensional view of a much larger picture. People who believe carbs induce an insulin surge in the body belong to this school of thought. PCOS and weight gain have been connected to this insulin increase.

But let’s take a step back and look at the wider picture. We know that the gut microbiome is important in oestrogen modulation because of point number four.

7) YOUR WEIGHT COULD LEAD TO PCOS

PCOS is caused by high body fat levels in those who do not have PCOS. If you do have PCOS, though, certain symptoms may become more pronounced as your body fat level rises.

In our endeavour to dispel falsehoods, it’s worth noting that the term “weight” might be misleading because it refers to body fat proportion rather than absolute weight. While lowering your body fat percentage.

8) IF YOU HAVE A WONKY PERIOD, YOU HAVE PCOS

Period irregularities can be caused by a variety of factors, including PCOS. Your menstrual cycle might be affected by body fat percentages (both too high and too low). Menstruation can be affected by an overactive or underactive thyroid. Your cycle might be disrupted by stress. Just a handful of the more typical circumstances that can affect the frequency with which you ovulate.

If your menstruation is irregular, see your doctor to see if you have PCOS or another underlying condition.

While lowering your levels to the recommended range can help you manage some of your PCOS symptoms, it is not a cure. PCOS does not have a cure; however, it does have a wide spectrum of symptoms that can be managed

9)YOU HAVE PCOD IF YOUR PERIOD IS  IRREGULAR

Period irregularities might occur as a result of a fad diet, breastfeeding, or hormonal changes. “Women who have uterine fibroid or a pelvic inflammatory disorder may also have some anomalies in their periods,” she noted. Making a guess based on the menstrual cycle is therefore erroneous. It is critical to get diagnosed in order to determine the exact cause of such irregularities in the perineum

9)YOU HAVE PCOD IF YOUR PERIOD IS  IRREGULAR

Period irregularities might occur as a result of a fad diet, breastfeeding, or hormonal changes. “Women who have uterine fibroid or a pelvic inflammatory disorder may also have some anomalies in their periods,” she noted. Making a guess based on the menstrual cycle is therefore erroneous. It is critical to get diagnosed in order to determine the exact cause of such irregularities in the perineum

PCOD/PCOS Management Plan

PCOD issues in women and its myth by azra khan

At Azrakhan Fitness by Nutritionist Azra Khan, we combine powerful yet simple benefits of eating natural, nutritious foods along with few lifestyle changes.

  • Nutrient-dense customised Low-GI pcos diet
  • Stress and anxiety management
  • Mood management
  • Herbal therapy combined with homeopathy
  • Special exercises to help manage pcod-pcos symptoms

Conclusion

AZRA KHAN | BEST NUTRITIONIST IN INDIA

Now you are familiar with lots of things about PCOD. These are important to be checked with your doctor. There are a lot of presumed solutions to PCOD.  These can cause a lot of discomfort to you and your loved ones. Therefore, support your mother, sisters,wife, friends who go through this .Be there for them and they will pass this phase of their lives without any difficulties.

The PCOD is not something new in medical science, and it is curable especially with proper diet. Diet modification is also very effective in reducing symptoms associated with PCOS; it can make Pregnancy not only possible but pretty much safe as well. If you are facing some symptoms like irregular periods, heavy bleeding, inability to conceive etc..

It is advisable  to get a consultation from Nutritionist Azra khan for proper diet and online weight loss program, lifestyle changes that you need to live a healthier and happier life.

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