10 Things You Should Not Do When You Have PCOS

Having PCOS doesn’t mean that your life is over. There are a lot of things you can do to keep yourself healthy and minimize your risk of developing complicationslater in life. Check out this list of 10 things you shouldn’t do when you have PCOS.

1 Smoke

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Smoking can increase your risk for heart disease, atherosclerosis, and diabetes. You are at a much higher risk of developing those conditions when you have PCOS, so do yourself a favor and skip behaviors that will only make that risk higher.

Check with your doctor if you need help kicking the habit.

2 Eat High-Sugar Foods

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As you probably know, PCOS is linked to insulin resistance. This alters the way your body is able to process and deal with sugar. If left unchecked, insulin resistance can lead to diabetes and significantly worsen complications.

This isn’t to say that you have to avoid all sugars or switch to artificial sweeteners, but focus on eating natural and whole foods and try to eliminate as many processed foods as possible from your diet.

3 Be a Couch Potato

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We all know how important exercise is. And when you have PCOS, it’s especially important to help lower your risk of heart disease and obesity.

There’s no need to join a gym, get all kinds of fancy equipment, or even spend hours working out. Instead, try to spend 30 minutes a day, a few times a week, walking. Make it fun by walking at a park, at your local mall, or with friends. Lifting weights is also a great way to add muscle, which will increase your metabolism, and improve insulin.

4 Skip Doctor’s Appointments

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Your doctor can help you monitor for complications and keep you healthy. The scheduled visits are important to keep track of your health and make sure that you stay symptom-free. This is especially important if you are undergoing infertility treatment. Some medications can cause severe complications and you need to be monitored.

5 Forget to Keep Track of Your Periods

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Not having regular periods can put you at risk for endometrial cancer. Though rare, frequent missed periods can increase your chance of developing this complication. When life gets busy, it can be easy to lose track of when your last period was, but designate a special place or calendar to mark it down.

Let your doctor know if you are consistently missing periods or if there are more than 40 to 50 days between them.

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