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Inter-relation of Proteins and PCOS

Inter-relation of Proteins and PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder, which is commonly associated with obesity, menstrual irregularity, infertility, insulin resistance (IR), and clinical hyperandrogenism and/or hyperandrogenemia. Insulin resistance and body fat are the key root cause for this.

Since Diabetes and PCOS have the same underlining cause, the treatment includes the same, insulin-lowering drugs, anti-androgen therapy, oral contraceptives, and the implementation of lifestyle changes where changes in body fat or weight loss if required.

Inculcating high biological value proteins in proper proportions can also help to cure PCOS as per studies.

  • Boost metabolism – Proteins have greater thermic effect as compared to carbohydrates.
  • Provides satietyProteins releases hormones which provides satiety and reduce cravings
  • Improves blood sugar – Because protein is digested slowly, its impact on blood sugar is relatively low. Also it balances glucagon hormone and insulin in the blood therefore lowering the glycaemic response!
  • Synthesis of hormones – Oestrogen, testosterone, and insulin levels are much regulated through proteins itself which is commonly impaired in PCOS.
  • Prevents muscle loss – Having proteins with good fibre and including proper regime simple workout would help these people to restore muscle mass.

As per Recommended Dietary Allowance or RDA approved by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for Indians, the average Indian adult needs 0.8g-1gm of protein per kg of ideal body weight. Dietary Recommendations for proteins in PCOS can range from gradual increase from 15% to 30% along with well-balanced nutrition. Through diet the sources include - dals, pulses, legumes, milk and milk products, egg whites, quinoa, nuts and seeds, chicken and fish.

Since Indians can’t meet their protein requirements, protein supplementation becomes vital especially for vegetarians and vegans. Consulting a Registered Dietician (RD) for guidance would help them.

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Geeta Bhatia Thorat

-Expert and Writer