Frequently Asked Questions On PCOS and Thyroid
By Nmami Agarwal
Life can be a real struggle if you are dealing with PCOS, PCOD or thyroid issues. It not just create the hormonal imbalance in your body but also affects your life in several ways which all requires the lifestyle modifications in terms of your diet plan and other healthy food choices.
That probably, what we are going to talk about today. We received many queries related to PCOS, PCOD and thyroid from which we will try to give answers to the most common and frequently asked questions.
Yes, here you will get answers of those questions you struggle for to persuade a healthy lifestyle.
Stay tuned! Here it follows.
Ques. How to deal with acne, hair fall and weight gain in PCOS?
Ans. For acne: Adopt a gluten-free diet, remove sugar and high glycemic carbohydrates, reduce the consumption of dairy products, take probiotics to help reduce inflammation and essential nutrients like antioxidants, vitamin C and E are also effective in healing PCOS acne. For hair fall: Eating a real and proper meal cooked at your home with fresh veggies, legumes, lean meats, whole grains, high-quality fats and egg yolk can work wonders for PCOS hair loss. For weight loss: Medicate with your food. Having a low carb and high-fat diet had helped a lot of women with PCOS in losing weight. Eliminating all the refined carbs and sugars from your diet will a lot to maintain a healthy weight.
Ques. How is the menstrual cycle affected in PCOS and hypothyroidism?
Ans. Menstruation and PCOS: There are five terms that affect menstrual cycle differently. Amenorrhea is a menstrual condition when you have no menstrual cycle at all. Oligomenorrhea is the case when you have six to eight periods per year causing irregularity. Anovulation means, no ovulation. This cycle occurs when bleeding takes place, but ovaries do not release an egg indicating infertility. Menorrhagia is when menstruation lasts for a long time. Dysmenorrhea is the condition when your periods are painful that makes everything difficult. Menstruation and Hypothyroidism: In hypothyroidism, you might experience early menstruation, heavy menstruation, more frequent menstruation and longer menstruation.
Ques. What foods to include and avoid in PCOS?
Ans. Including high fiber foods like Brussels sprouts, greens, pumpkin bell peppers, sweet potatoes, beans, lentils, berries, almonds. Lean protein such as tofu, chicken, and fish are very filling and a healthy dietary option for women with PCOS. Also, include foods that help reduce inflammation like tomatoes, berries, salmon, olive oil, spinach. Avoid foods high in refined carbohydrates like as white bread, pasta muffins or anything made from white flour. Sugary snacks and drinks like soft drinks, chocolate bars, potato chips.
Inflammatory foods like red meats, fried foods or hydrogenated oil.
Ques. What is the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?
Ans. Hypothyroidism is a sub-condition of thyroid when thyroid hormones are underactive, means when your thyroid hormonal production is too low than normal production. Few causes that result in hypothyroidism are iodine deficiency, thyroid removal, pituitary disease, Hashimoto’s disease (autoimmune diseases,) and radioactive treatment for hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is another sub-condition of thyroid in which your thyroid gland overproduces hormones- also known as an overactive thyroid. Your body’s functioning speeds up when thyroid hormones get overproduced. Some of the common causes that result in the formation of hyperthyroidism include nodules in the gland, Graves disease and medications taken to treat hypothyroidism.
Ques. Can thyroid be cured permanently?
Ans. No, thyroid can’t be cured permanently but there is the possibility that your medication dose might decrease if, you follow a healthy and balanced diet according to your thyroid condition. Always recommend your physician or nutritionists for the diet you can follow to decrease its dosage. Rest you can refer our blog “Thyroid and Diet” if you wish to know what foods to include and avoid in the thyroid.
Ques. Are acne issue and facial hair is the symptoms of PCOS?
Ans. That’s true PCOS leads to the imbalance in hormones which leads to the increase of male hormones in your body resulting in acne and facial hair growth but not always PCOS can be the reason behind facial hair growth. It’s hard to say what could be the exact reason for this. Therefore, we suggest getting yourself checked with the doctor to know the right reason so that you can adopt lifestyle changes accordingly.
Ques. Why should broccoli be avoided in thyroid?
Ans. Broccoli is not inherently bad for thyroid and they need not to be eliminated rather if you want you can limit its consumption because the compound found in called goitrogenic (consider to affect thyroid condition) gets minimal after cooking it thoroughly or even after by steaming it.
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This was the blog written with a hope to resolve few of the frequently asked questions on PCOS and thyroid related problems and its adverse effects. If it has helped you in finding out those answers then let us know in the comment section below. Also, we welcome some more queries
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