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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the best ways to treat my PCOS symptoms?

    I have just been diagnosed with PCOS, I have high levels of testosterone, insulin resistant, multiple cysts on one ovary and overweight. It came as quite a shock, but i am ready to do what needs to be done. My concerns are the risk of diabetes and my fertility. What are my next steps with treating these problems?
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    Kate Marsh

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator, Dietitian

    Kate works with clients with type 1 and gestational diabetes, PCOS, and those following a plant-based (vegetarian or vegan) diet. As a diabetes educator, she … View Profile

    Lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, are an important first step in managing PCOS. If you are overweight, losing just 5-10% of your weight can significantly improve your symptoms of PCOS, improve ovulation and fertility, and reduce your future risk of diabetes.  Optimising your weight and nutrition before trying to conceive will not only help with fertility but reduce the risks of pregnancy complications and gestational diabetes. 

    For individualised advice on your diet and exercise consider seeing an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Exercise Physiologist with expereince in managing PCOS, who can help you with an eating plan and exercise plan to meet your goals.

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