A healthy diet and regular exercise can not only help to boost better control of PCOS symptoms like weight issues … but they can also lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which is closely linked with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
US researchers tracked nearly 3,000 overweight people who had taken part in a three-year type 2 diabetes prevention program. The participants had initially been divided into three groups and assigned either to a diet and exercise program, the drug metformin or a placebo.
British medical journal The Lancet reported it was the dieters who reaped the biggest benefit. The most significant drop in the risk of developing diabetes was among those who had been in the group following a diet and exercise regime which resulted in weight loss.
While type 2 diabetes usually appears in people over the age of 40, increasing numbers of young adults as well as children are being diagnosed with the condition, some as young as seven.
Although obesity is an increased risk factor for type 2 diabetes, not all people with diabetes have weight problems. Equally, PCOS can afflict women who are of healthy weight or even lean.
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