Lifestyle and PCOS

Lifestyle and PCOS

For women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), making some healthy lifestyle changes can be very helpful in managing the condition. Lifestyle management is important for all women with PCOS – whether you are overweight or in the healthy weight range. Even when not actively trying to lose weight, adopting a healthy diet will ensure that you are receiving a healthy intake of nutrients, vitamins and minerals and can reduce your long-term risk of disease such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity also increases energy levels, improves self esteem and reduces anxiety and depression.

Managing your weight includes preventing excess weight gain if you are a healthy weight, losing weight if you are overweight or maintaining weight loss long-term. Weight management can be much better achieved by combining diet with physical activity and behaviour change than by simply dieting alone.

Behavioral changes

For dietary and exercise changes to be sustainable in the long-term, they need to be part of your daily life… Read more

Diet for PCOS

There are a range of dietary approaches that can be tried for weight management in PCOS… Read more

Physical activity

There is now evidence that moderate physical activity, in the absence of weight loss still improves PCOS symptoms and fertility as well as risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes including high blood pressure, high glucose levels and insulin resistance…Read more

Readiness to change

Good psychological wellbeing is critical in successfully changing to a healthy lifestyle. If you are anxious, stressed, depressed, guilty, or have low self esteem, it is difficult to find the motivation to change to a healthier lifestyle…Read more

Weight Management

Being both under and overweight has adverse effects on fertility and health. It is therefore very important that a healthy lifestyle is maintained, and weight gain prevented…Read more