Do all girls with PCOS need to diet?

Weight loss can be beneficial for girls with PCOS if they are in the “overweight” or “obese” BMI category and are at risk of certain metabolic or medical complications related to their weight. However, healthy and sustainable eating and exercise habits are more beneficial for girls with PCOS (as well as all teens) than a diet that focuses mainly on weight loss or avoiding certain foods or food groups.  Eating balanced meals and snacks filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats, and low-fat dairy can help girls with PCOS control their insulin levels. That’s because girls with PCOS have higher levels of insulin in their blood which can worsen PCOS symptoms such as excess hair or acne. Knowing the right types of foods to eat (that have a low glycemic index) can improve your PCOS and the way you feel. Ask your health care provider if you should be concerned about your weight. If you don’t have to be concerned about losing weight, it’s still important to learn about ways to control your blood sugar levels. Talking to a dietician can be very helpful.


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