Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is a largely prevalent disorder that affects one in every five women in India. While symptoms such as irregular periods, unusual weight gain, excessive hair growth and acne all usually point to PCOS, many women experience no symptoms, which means the condition can go undiagnosed well into adulthood.
While the exact cause of PCOS is yet to be determined, the disorder is linked to abnormal levels of androgen (male hormones) in the body, including high insulin levels, which may result in more than half of all PCOS sufferers developing type 2 diabetes before the age of 40. Even though there is no cure for the disorder, a doctor recommended diet, workout regimen, and medication can help treat the symptoms.
The conversation around PCOS has opened up in recent years, leading to a greater awareness of the symptoms. Many celebrities and influencers have come forward and used their platform to address and share their stories of struggles with the disorder. One such celebrity to come forward is Sara Ali Khan, who opened up about life with PCOS.
Before the release of her debut film, Khan opened up about her struggle with PCOS. On the chat show Koffee With Karan, she claimed she was 96 kgs, and due to her hormone levels, it was challenging for her to lose the weight that she had put on while studying at Columbia University. Sara underwent a weight-loss transformation to look and feel her best despite the challenges.
With sheer willpower, Sara conquered her diet and practised yoga and Kathak, all while hitting the gym regularly, where she incorporates cardio and weight training. In the past, Sara has confessed how she does not consume carbs, any form of sugar or even milk. She eats a lot of protein ranging from eggs to chicken and snacks on cucumber sticks and low-fat greek yoghurt with protein powder and a pinch of coffee that she considers her dessert.
While one can take inspiration from Sara’s story, it is also important to remember that every person’s body is different, and each body needs different care. So before undertaking any diet or fitness routine, it is essential to consult a doctor first and get the care designed for your body’s needs.