Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal reproductive
problem in women of childbearing age. It can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility,
hormones, insulin production, heart, blood vessels and appearance. Though its exact cause is unclear, up to 10% of reproductive-aged women suffer from the disorder.
What are the risks of PCOS?
PCOS, left untreated, increases a woman’s risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cancer of the endometrium and breast. Women with PCOS are also at increased risk for infertility, miscarriage and complications of pregnancy including gestational diabetes and pregnancy-induced hypertension.
How does the Plano Program help manage PCOS?
Diet & Exercise – Currently there is no scientific evidence to support one particular diet for PCOS. Maintaining a healthy weight helps manage PCOS by lowering glucose levels, using insulin more efficiently and regulating the menstrual cycle.
Evidence-based recommendations suggest that women with PCOS should focus on balance and moderation.
Recommended lifestyle changes include:
- Weight loss of 5-10% if overweight or obese in 3 months.
- Decreased caloric intake if weight loss is desired.
- Decreased intake of enriched carbohydrates.
- Increased fiber intake including fruits, vegetables, and beans.
- Smaller, more frequent meals (every 3-4 hours) to help control blood glucose levels.
- Balanced meals including carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
- At least 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous activity per week for diabetes prevention.
The Plano Program 12 – week weight management program addresses all these critical components. In addition, our team of certified personal trainers can design a personalized exercise program to help promote optimal long term success.
Customized Nutrition Counseling – Our trained and dedicated nutritionists offer individualized assessment and nutritional meal plans tailored to each patient’s physical and metabolic profile.
The Plano Program can help patients with PCOS:
Improve their fertility
Gain control over their weight
Decrease their risk of developing diabetes and heart disease
Improve their mood and as well as increase energy levels
Provide education about PCOS and related health conditions
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