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Long term health concerns associated with PCOS include heart disease and diabetes, particularly if you have any of the following: • High levels of fats in the blood • High blood pressure • Being overweight and, in particular, having lots of fat around your middle. The symptoms of PCOS can be controlled using a combination of lifestyle changes, cosmetic measures and medication.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a relatively common condition, affecting how a woman’s ovaries work. Healthier food choices and increasing physical activity can improve the symptoms of PCOS. This Food Fact Sheet will look at PCOS and how to manage it with diet and exercise.
PCOS affects millions of women in the UK – around one in ten. There are three features which lead to a woman being diagnosed with PCOS: 1. A number of cysts that develop around the edge of the ovaries (polycystic ovaries). 2. A failure in the release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation). 3. A higher level of male hormones than normal, or male hormones that are more active than normal. Even if only two of these features are present, this is enough to confirm the diagnosis.

Eat well
Healthy eating and being active can help you with PCOS symptoms and are very important to help prevent developing heart disease and diabetes in the future. This includes eating lots of fruit and vegetables, choosing lean meats and low-fat dairy foods as well as limiting the amount of fatty and sugary foods and drinks you consume. If you are trying to conceive, it is particularly important that you have enough nutrients or ‘goodness’ in your diet, and also take a folic acid supplement. Speak to your doctor or dietitian about this.

Symptoms of PCOS
If you have PCOS you may have several of the following symptoms: • Irregular or absent periods •…...

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