Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Diet Plans
Many women in the UK are affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is an endocrine (hormonal) condition that causes a number of symptoms including irregular periods, weight gain, excessive hair growth on the face and body, hair loss on the head and acne or oily skin. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it is thought to have a genetic link, so it may run in families.
There is no current cure for PCOS, so management of symptoms is the main goal of treatment.
Diet is a hugely important part of the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome. Dietary changes can help with weight loss and hormone levels, as well as helping to prevent some of the long term complications of PCOS, such as developing type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol.
As with many other conditions, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the dietary treatment of PCOS. As such, it is important that anyone who is looking to make dietary changes to help with PCOS symptoms consults a suitably qualified dietitian who can assess their current diet and give individualised dietary advice which is based on their needs and lifestyle and can take into account any medications or other conditions they may have.
There are several nutritional supplements which have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of PCOS. A nutritional consultation should include a nutritional assessment and advice on each clients current diet and discuss the potential benefits of additional nutritional supplementation.
At Stanner Nutrition Clinic, new clients are asked to keep a 7- day food diary so that the dietitian can accurately assess their current diet. This is then used as the basis for the discussions during the consultation and dietary treatment, and ensues that each client is given advice which is based on their own circumstances, nutritional needs and preferences.
One of the vital components of successful dietary treatment of PCOS is ongoing support, at Stanner Nutrition Clinic each consultation comes with 6 weeks of email support built in. Following this period, additional follow up appointments or packages can be selected as needed to fit in with the individual needs of the client.