How You Should be Fueling with PCOS – Women’s Running

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If you’re an athlete with polycystic ovarian syndrome, you’re not alone. Between 5 to 10 percent of women of childbearing age in the United States, or roughly 5 million women, have PCOS. That percentage makes it one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders in women. The condition, which causes women to produce too many male hormones and not enough female hormones, can affect just about every system in the body if left unchecked, including irregular menstrual cycles, depression, weight gain, increased acne, and infertility. That can make fueling with PCOS tricky.

The number-one prescription for PCOS is working out. “Exercise is one of the best things a patient with PCOS can do,” says Dr. Kimberly Gecsi, OBGYN at UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. “In conjunction with a healthy diet and medications, it is a very important part of treating the…

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