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A dear friend’s teenager daughter has been diagnosed with PCOS. Doctors have advised her to lose some weight because it will help improving her condition. Young girl has tried few diets but nothing seemed to work for her. Can anyone share some tested tips to lose weight with PCOS.
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What a difficult time for this young lady. I would recommend helping her find a sport or physical activity that she truly loves so that it doesn't feel like 'work'. Of course an eating plan is a good idea, but at her age it is important that she incorporates foods that she really likes, otherwise it might feel too difficult to stick to. One piece of advice from me is to be careful when it comes to sex. I was told by doctors that I don't ovulate and would need intervention to get pregnant due to PCOS and ended up with a surprise baby......and after that had 3 more with no fertility issues. Best of luck to this young lady.
I'm so sorry to hear about her diagnosis. I do not have any sound medical advice, but I am active on Instagram and there are a lot of really helpful accounts out there that speak directly to those that are struggling with PCOS. This might be a good tool for the girl to use to start to educate herself in a way that isn't a doctor or parent telling her what to do. I hope she's able to work towards her weight loss goals.
During the teenage years, any medical diagnosis can be quite distressing. Having been diagnosed with PCOS is both a blessing and a curse all at once.
To pinpoint this child's medical problem is a good thing. She can move on and get treatment to help manage her symptoms. However, having PCOS is not fun, and many distressing symptoms go along with it, like obesity, unwanted hair, heavy periods, and acne.
The suggestions above are excellent ones. Lifestyle changes for healthy eating and exercise are essential in managing PCOS.
In addition, to her primary care doctor, she should be followed regularly by a knowledgeable endocrinologist. She may also have a gynecologist on her team. I would not just have her pediatrician or primary care doctor handling her care alone.
It is essential not to forget her mental health in this stressful season in her life. There are many support groups for those with PCOS, and perhaps she can find one for teenage girls. If there are no local groups, have her check online or on FaceBook groups.
I hope that she can soon get her condition under control and get back to just being a teen.
I am sorry to hear about your friend's daughter's diagnosis. PCOS can be a complex and challenging condition to manage and it must be distressing to get this diagnosis at a young age. Often an early diagnosis means better long term outcomes - and I certainly hope this is the situation in this case.
Insulin resistance (being less sensitive to insulin) is common among women with PCOS. Insulin is used by the body to convert sugars and starches to energy, and when this is not done effectively, it can have a number of consequences including an increase in androgens - male hormones that can trigger abdominal weight gain, acne, and body hair growth. Because weight loss can improve insulin sensitivity, it is often recommended with a PCOS diagnosis.
Eating 4-6 small meals a day rather than 3 large meals can help to regulate blood sugar levels. A high fibre, low sugar diet is recommended and fatty and processed foods should be avoided. A nutritionist will be able to help design an eating plan that provides the nutrition required by a teenage girl while still addressing the need to lose some weight. If an eating plan alone is not sufficient, medications like metformin (a diabetes drug) , birth control pills (to regulate female hormones), and anti-androgen medication (to moderate male hormones) may be considered to reduce PCOS complications.