PCOS condition is known to affect women across the world irrespective of different races and regions they belong and this situation stands true for Indian females too. It is now a well-known fact that one in 5 women in India suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a typical endocrinal issue among women of reproductive age, as indicated by various studies.
Though PCOS was described first in early 1935, a proper understanding and awareness about the condition are still lacking. There exist a lot of myths and taboo among the Indian women about PCOS and this has been addressed in our previous blog – ‘Breaking down the PCOS myths’. This condition is assessed to influence around 10 million women across the globe and 248 lakh women in India. This is a sufficient reason for every Indian woman to know about PCOS.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, broadly known as PCOS, is an endocrine disorder that influences women in their reproductive age. It is also known as Stein-Leventhal disorder. The hormonal disorders in the women result in the production of androgens (male hormone) in excess which affects the normal menstrual cycle and related underlying metabolic pathways. Excessive development of follicles (sac-like structure in ovaries), Hirsutism, obesity, irregular menses are some of the common symptoms of PCOS.
Statistics in India
An investigation led by AIIMS(All India Institute of Medical Sciences) demonstrated that around 20-25 percent of Indian women of reproductive age are experiencing PCOS. While 60 percent of women with PCOS are dealing with obesity, 35-50 percent has a fatty liver. Around 70 percent have built up insulin resistance leading to diabetic conditions, also around 60-70 percent have an abnormal state of androgen and 40-60 percent have glucose intolerance which is affecting their hormonal balance. Similar studies in South India and Maharashtra showed the predominance of PCOS, as 9.13% and 22.5% respectively.
You Are Not Alone in this Journey
There are many women like you across the country suffering from PCOS. Famous celebs like Sara Ali Khan and Sonam Kapoor are known for there fighting against PCOS as well. Interestingly, celebrities are now openly talking about their PCOS journey to motivate others. These famous female celebs have shared their journey through PCOS in many interviews. They have revealed how dealing with weight, excess hair growth and condition like diabetes was difficult. However, they overcame it with effective lifestyle management.
Too Much Information on the Internet
As we are living in the digital era there is no doubt that you can find many suggestions and guidelines on the spectrum. But how to select which one is right for you? This question may often arise in your mind and though there exists a lot of information, it can be confusing and misleading sometimes. Instead, connecting with professional health experts and taking personal guidance can help you get a deeper insight into the condition and help you manage it better.
Targeting Lifestyle changes
Early diagnosis of PCOS is important as it has been known to increase the risk of developing several medical conditions including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease. PCOS in India is an emerging health problem among adolescents, therefore, the promotion of healthy lifestyles and early interventions are required to prevent future morbidities related to PCOS.
At Genetic Healing, we provide comprehensive PCOS support wherein our nutrigenomics counselors address your queries personally through a DNA based test. This then combines with a comprehensive personalized diet and exercise guidelines with frequent follow-ups to meet your health goals, through a comprehensive 120 days program.
The success story of the celebrities overcoming PCOS condition emphasizes the importance of lifestyle in managing health problems. The emerging trend of unhealthy eating practices, deformed lifestyle, incompetence to perform a timely exercise and valuing our body less than other things are taking a toll on our health. As PCOS is a lifestyle disorder it is very important to bring significant changes in daily habits. You can choose to start with small steps but it is important to start first and unfold the path of healthy living to downscale the flaws experienced due to PCOS.