PCOS Nutrition and Athletes
Did you know that Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) appears to be more common among athletes? Many female athletes talk about their lack of menstruation and this could explain it. A study published in Fertility and Sterility showed a higher number of cases of hyperandrogenism (high testosterone levels) in adolescent swimmers compared with non-swimmers.
So, what does this mean if you are an athlete struggling with erratic periods and potentially PCOS?
On word: Nutrition. Athletes’ nutritional needs are different than a normal person, but especially when one has PCOS.
Some nutritional concerns for athletes with PCOS are:
-Consumption of Anti-Inflammatory Foods
-Maintaining Iron Levels
-Managing Vitamin B12 Levels
-Monitoring Vitamin D Levels
Because of unique nutritional needs, each athlete with PCOS should find a nutritionist who is well versed in sports nutrition and PCOS to develop an individualized meal plan to optimize performance while managing health.