Diet and exercise:
Many women with PCOS report that a low-glycemic index diet has an amazing effect on their symptoms.
For many women with PCOS, the low-glycemic index diets are the only way to lose weight.
The majority of women with PCOS have insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is what happens when your body overreacts to sugar and carbohydrates in your diet.
Eating certain foods such as white bread, rice, potatoes and sugary foods causes your blood sugar to rise quickly because these foods are digested very quickly.
In addition to a low glycemic (GI ) diet, regular, low intensity, prolonged exercises such as running, cycling, swimming are beneficial to lose weight, and regulate blood sugar.
Foods that are rich in D-Chiro-Inositol are also useful to regulate blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance:
Pulses and Cereals
Some other foods that are very high in D-Chiro-Inositol are beans, legumes and grain products.
Chickpeas, for example, contain 760 mg of D-Chiro-Inositol per 100 grams of food. Brown rice contains 700 mg of D-Chiro-Inositol per 100 grams of food. Wheat germ contains 690 mg of D-Chiro-Inositol per 100 grams of food.
Other great sources include lentils, with 410 mg per 100 grams of food; barley, with 390 mg per 100 grams of food; oats, with 320 mg per 100 grams of food, and whole wheat flour, with 170 mg per 100 grams of food. Buckwheat is another good source of D-Chiro-Inositol: use Buckwheat flour to make pancakes or Blinis, and use these instead of bread.
Certain sources of meat are great sources of D-Chiro-Inositol.
Meats high in D-Chiro-Inositol include veal and cow liver, with 340 mg of D-Chiro-Inositol per 100 grams of food and beef, with 260 mg of D-Chiro-Inositol per 100 grams of food.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits are vegetables that are high in D-Chiro-Inositol include oranges, which contain 210 mg per 100 grams of food; peas, which have 160 mg per 100 grams of food; grapefruit, which has 150 mg per 100 grams of food, strawberries, which have 95 mg per 100 grams of food; and cauliflower, which contains 92 mg of D-Chiro-Inositol per 100 grams of food.