Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a complicated endocrine disorder affecting many different areas of a sufferer’s body and life. Reliable information can be hard to come by and symptoms such as infertility, excess facial and body hair, acne, fatigue and excess weight can leave women with PCOS feeling inadequate, demoralised and depressed with life.
There are many simple steps that women with PCOS can incorporate into their lives to gain control over PCOS and put them on the path to better health. In this series of articles, we will explore 20 simple and easy steps that can make a difference to PCOS.
Step # 17
Practice stress management techniques: Meditation, Yoga, Exercise
The effects of stress on the human body are profound. Stress is an essential part of the human experience and some forms of stress are beneficial, for instance, strength training, cardio, a challenging career are all forms of stress.
Too much stress, or the wrong kind of stress, however, as many of us suffer in today’s hectic modern lifestyle, can contribute to all sorts of negative effects from high blood pressure, to thinning hair, a low sex-drive, weight loss or gain, digestive problems, chest pain and a rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Stress can also wreak havoc on our hormones causing changes in the serum level of many hormones including glucocorticoids, catecholamines, growth hormone and prolactin.
Of particular importance to women with PCOS is one of the glucocorticoid hormones, cortisol, sometimes called the stress hormone as it is produced under times of stress. The primary role of cortisol is to prepare for fight or flight by increasing blood sugar, suppressing the immune system and inhibiting bone formation. Although cortisol is necessary for health, as with most things, balance is the key.
Meditation, yoga and physical exercise are all excellent ways to control stress. Find something you enjoy doing and make it a habit, for your health’s sake.
Next article in series: 20 simple steps you can take to control polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) #18
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This article was originally published at My PCOS Info – News & Research. Further references and links to the studies mentioned can be found there.
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