Did you know that women with PCOS are 4 to 7 times more likely to have issues with heart disease than women without PCOS? February is not only the month of love, it’s also Heart Health Month.
This is because a lot of the symptoms of PCOS are also contributing factors of coronary heart disease and stroke. With coronary heart disease being one of the leading causes of death in the United States, PCOS symptoms such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and insulin resistance can easily turn into life-threatening conditions. As terrifying as this is, there are ways to not only prevent heart disease, but also to help alleviate symptoms of PCOS in the process. Getting your insulin levels under control is one of the top ways to help with both PCOS and heart disease prevention.
We want to help you take the necessary steps to a healthier heart.
The American Heart Association recommends that you:
- Don’t smoke
- Manage your blood sugar
- Get your blood pressure under control
- Lower your cholesterol
- Know your family history
- Stay active
- Lose weight
- Eat health
Keep your body and heart healthy!
Get your diet heart healthy! What helps the heart also helps PCOS symptoms.
Incorporating more wild caught fish like salmon and sardines, organic fruits and vegetables, beans and whole grains into your diet will help to prevent symptoms and the damaging effects of both PCOS and heart disease.
Eliminate artificial trans-fats, and instead focus on heart healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds and even pastured butter (from cow’s that have eaten grass).
Exercise regularly! It’s another key strategy in preventing heart disease. Studies have shown that doing a cardio, aerobic and/or strength training workout for at least 30 minutes 3 times a week can reduce the risk of heart disease in women by 30-40%. Not only will 30 minutes of exercise lower your chances of heart disease, it can also help with PCOS, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, and improving circulation — now that’s 30 minutes worth taking!