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Recently featured by Newsweek, Dr. Allyson Shrikhande is quoted providing advice on managing the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS.
PCOS can make it easier to gain a few pounds, while making it even harder to shed them afterwards, which Dr. Allyson Augusta Shrikhande says is a result of the metabolic and hormonal effects.
Dr. Shrikhande, a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, and co-founder and chief medical officer of Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine, encourages women not to be perturbed by their PCOS, as they can lose the excess weight if they focus on healthy changes.
“As excess body fat can make the symptoms of PCOS worse, early lifestyle intervention as soon as PCOS is diagnosed is key,” Dr. Shrikhande told Newsweek. “Stay positive and know that you can improve your insulin resistance and PCOS symptoms with a focus on modifiable lifestyle factors such as, diet, exercise, smoking, and stress. All your efforts are not only good for your PCOS symptoms, but they are good for your heart, your brain, your digestive system and your energy levels.”
Dr. Shrikhande encourages anyone who is concerned that they might have PCOS to speak with their health care provider. Getting a diagnosis doesn’t have to be detrimental, as she notes that, for women with PCOS, “understanding their bodies is the first step to managing their symptoms.”