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Polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS has become a common problem among women in the past few years. PCOS is considered to be caused by an imbalance in reproductive hormones which can lead to the formation of small cysts in either or both ovaries and also causes complications during pregnancy. Apart from this, irregular periods, excessive facial hair, heaviness in their voice, baldness, acne, mood swings, obesity, diabetes, depression and anxiety are some of the problems which PCOS can trigger. Hence, taking extra care of your health and diet if you have been diagnosed with the disease is essential.
When it comes to a healthy PCOS diet, according to a study published in National Center for Biotechnology Information vitamin D may play a key role in helping some women seeking treatment for PCOS, including women who are planning for pregnancy.
To help us understand this better, we have Dr Surabhi Siddhartha, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Motherhood Hospital Kharghar, Mumbai.
If you are deficient in vitamin D, your body can make your bones weak and can lead to bone deformities. In children, the deficiency can lead to rickets and in adults, it can lead to osteomalacia which causes bone pain and tenderness. But vitamin D is not only essential for building strong bones or fighting infections. According to Dr Siddhartha, it also plays a pivotal role in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
“You will be shocked to know that the majority of women with PCOS may be diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency. Yes, that’s right! Being deficient in vitamin D can trigger PCOS symptoms,” says Dr Siddhartha. Various studies suggest that without sufficient vitamin D, women will not be able to produce normal, mature eggs, and conceive too, she adds.
And if you take an appropriate amount of vitamin D, conditions such as insulin, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels improve in overweight women with PCOS.
If you have PCOS, focus on eating a well-balanced diet. You will have to include:
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Dr Siddhartha says, “Exercise is also essential to enhance overall well-being and keep blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels in check. Women with PCOS can do any activities of their choice. Exercise should include cardio 3 times a week.”
You will have to sleep for at least 8 hours every day to restore your health and maintain optimum hormonal levels.
So, you see, vitamin D is quite an important nutrient for your overall health and more so for managing PCOS. Make sure you get the daily required dose of vitamin D!