While there is no cure for PCOS, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to help manage symptoms and balance your hormones.
Wilshaw explains that a diet of low-carb, low-dairy, gluten-free and sugar-free food can be helpful for those with PCOS:
“Whilst it may not sound like fun, there is science behind it. Consuming too many refined carbohydrates such as sugars, white bread, white rice and similar foods can affect blood sugar levels and increase insulin which can in turn cause various issues for people managing PCOS.
“Prioritising high-protein and high-fibre foods can be helpful. Including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, pulses, nuts and seeds may help to maintain insulin levels and have anti-inflammatory properties.”
Another key way to reduce insulin levels is by reducing any unnecessary stress. Regular exercise including yoga, strength training or a walk in nature can help to de-stress. This combination of diet and exercise can be key to managing PCOS.