Therapeutic Diets

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that prevents the ovaries from working properly. Symptoms include irregular periods, reduced fertility, acne and weight problems.

The condition is said to affect up to 10 per cent of women aged between 15 and 50 and there is a high incidence rate of approximately 75 per cent in women who have ovulation problems.

How can a nutritionist help you?

Whilst some individuals will feel comfortable devising their own nutrition and fitness program, others may need extra support. Those who feel they don't have the necessary knowledge and experience may benefit from consulting a suitably qualified nutrition professional.

If you do decide to seek professional support, we at REVA usually begin by gathering information about your current diet and lifestyle.

We will also take certain body measurements to see if you are overweight, underweight or carrying excess weight around the middle. This is so they can build a realistic, effective nutrition program including a tailored diet for PCOS, unique for you. This may involve you providing a food diary. You will be asked to record everything you have consumed over a period of time before or during the sessions, with details of your moods and menstrual cycle included.

At this early stage you will also have the opportunity to discuss any dietary requirements or related health conditions that will need to be considered when creating your PCOS diet.

In addition to making dietary adjustments, an essential factor in weight management is physical activity. Whilst exercising does support weight-loss, it can also improve how the body uses insulin.

When consulting us , remember we are not just there to give you a kick-start to weight-loss. We are also there to monitor your progress and to provide ongoing motivation, support and advice.

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