Our expert says:
If you have PCOS and are suffering from masculinisation, acne and overweight, then you need to be treated by a gynaecologist with hormones to improve the PCOS, facial hair and acne, and a registered dietitian to help you with the insulin resistance (IR) that usually accompanies PCOS and is in part responsible for the overweight. So discuss the hormonal treatment with a gynae and consult a registered dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will take your IR, medications and other conditions such as the PCOS, hirsutism, acne, and overweight, into account when working out a diet for you, which will be based on low-fat foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes’. The dietitian will assess your IR and help you decide if you need metformin or not. Regular daily aerobic exercise for at least 30 min per day can also help you to improve your insulin and glucose levels and promote weightloss, so start doing an aerobic exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life).
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