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Lifestyle changes beat dieting for managing PCOS

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.

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Exercise: A key part of managing your PCOS

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?

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Why diet matters in managing your PCOS

Eating the right foods can help to improve the insulin resistance underlying PCOS and can reduce the risk of long-term health problems linked with PCOS including impaired glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Even losing relatively small amounts of weight (around 5-10% of body weight) has been shown to reduce insulin levels, improve many of the symptoms of PCOS and increase fertility.

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