THE PCOS FRUITS

As a PCOS sufferer myself, it was hard to digest the fact that fruits could actually help you reduce your weight! Difficult as it is, with PCOS. Perhaps, you too think that fruits have a reasonable carbohydrate content that would spike your insulin levels like nothing else. Not true, though! If you consume low GL fruits along with nuts and seeds, the spike in the insulin levels won’t be as effective as to harm you. Now…what do I even mean by low GL fruits? GL, or glycemic load measures the rate at which food is turned into glucose for energy via insulin.

PCOS and Insulin:

PCOS stands for poly cystic ovarian syndrome. Also known as Stein Leventhal syndrome, it is a condition that affects women of childbearing age, affecting their fertility. The ovaries produce eggs, but do not release them, i.e. they do not ovulate. Instead, the eggs stay in ovaries, forming clusters of fluid-filled sacs or cysts around them. The main cause of PCOS is unknown, but its effects seem to be pretty scary. The patients are at a higher risk of pre-diabetes and type-2 diabetes, and heart diseases, because of the inability of the body to control blood sugar effectively. 40% of PCOS sufferers are insulin resistant, i.e. their cells do not respond to the hormone insulin, which helps stablize the blood sugar effectively. (Similar to type-2 diabetes, eh?) Needless to say, obesity comes into the picture, and nearly 75% of the overweight PCOS sufferers are insulin resistant- making the matters even worse. High insulin also stimulates the ovaries to produce testosterone- the ‘male’ hormone that accounts for some of the main symptoms of PCOS- excess hair, acne, and more muscular physique.

CURE:

The disease has no permanent cure…just balancing and management is required. One of the primary things being, weight reduction, which is ‘not-that-easy-thing-to-attain’ with PCOS. But even 5% reduction in your weight can reduce the symptoms up to 25%. Nothing better than exercises and healthy, low carb diet. But, in here, I’d like to focus on two excellent low GL fruits, that’ll keep your problems at bay.

APPLE– A super-food, this, it contains dietary fibres, complex carbohydrates, vitamin A and C, calcium, folic acid- elements necessary for weight loss and cholesterol control and providing the body with necessary nutrients for healthy living. It is also rich in potassium, cellulose and organic acids which stimulate the motility of stomach and intestines, aiding in better digestion. So, now you get the picture…”An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”.04_applesguava

GUAVA– It is quite helpful for those who want to lose weight without compromising their intake of proteins, vitamins and dietary fibers. The level of dietary fiber in guava helps to regulate the absorption of sugar in the body, which decreases the chances of major spikes and drops in insulin and glucose in body. It can even help prevent the appearance of type-2 diabetes. It has five times more vitamin C than any other citrus fruit, which also makes it the best winter fruit. Thus it provides your immune system a huge boost in antioxidants which are major lines of defense against the proliferation of free radicals in body, which are main causes of serious conditions like cancer and heart diseases. So, yeah, “a guava a day, keeps all diseases at bay!”

SIMILAR FRUITS AND EATABLES:

And then, there are some other excellent fruits like pear, oranges, grapes, kiwi, pomegranate… but nothing like green vegetables, whole grains and pulses (they have good and easy-to-break-carbs), eggs and meat(higher protein content), and above all exercises to keep you healthy! Good luck!

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  1. Until reading your post, I had never heard of PCOS, so I learned something new! I do not have PCOS, but have been Type I, insulin dependent diabetic for more than 60 years. This is some valuable information! I typically avoid eating much fruit beyond a banana for breakfast most mornings, but will try to incorporate more of it in the future … thanks for the information!

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      1. Fortunately, she has control over it now, but the original doctor misdiagnosed her. She eventually saw another who diagnosed her properly and that doctor is submitting a claim for malpractice with her other doctor. Her symptoms were all there, which is why it’s peculiar the first one didn’t see it.

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    1. Nopes. After giving me hormonals for 2 years, my doctor decided that now my body could take non-hormonals… But then it wasn’t like that. The latter had no effect for one month. The second month she told me to increase the dose to twice but still no effect. So she has put me back on hormonals and this time they are of even more dose! I have had severe headache since I’ve started it.

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