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Lifestyle modification is the first and most important step in managing your PCOS. That’s because it gets to the root of the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms.
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of conflicting information out there when it comes to managing PCOS, particularly when it comes to nutrition. We will help to clear the confusion and provide you with information and advice based on the latest evidence and current best-practice guidelines.
We also take a holistic approach to lifestyle modification, focusing on good nutrition, activity levels, sleep and stress management. While your diet is particularly important, in our experience, optimising all of these areas will give you the best results.
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A key part of the management of PCOS is making lifestyle changes including following a healthy eating plan and increasing physical activity, which help with weight loss and improving insulin sensitivity. But rather than a strict diet, making long-term sustainable changes to your eating habits and activity levels is the key.
Exercise is important for everyone but is particularly important if you have PCOS. Regular exercise will help you to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and also improves insulin resistance and reduces diabetes, heart disease and cancer risk. But what type of exercise is best if you have PCOS and how much do you need to be doing?
Adopting healthy lifestyle habits prior to conceiving can not only improve fertility, but may also affect the future health of your child. This is particularly important for women with PCOS, whose children may be at increased genetic risk of metabolic problems like insulin resistance and diabetes.
Kate is a member of the Guideline Development Group for the PCOS International Evidence-Based Guidelines and the PCOS Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) Translation Committee, and was a member of the PCOS Alliance, which developed best practice guidelines for the management of PCOS in Australia. She is the convenor of the Dietitans Association of Australia (DAA) PCOS Discussion Group, frequently speaks to both dietitians and women with PCOS on the dietary management of this condition, and is a guest lecturer on PCOS to nutrition & dietetics students at the University of Sydney.