Be kind because you don't know what someone has been going through. Haven't we all heard this adage at some point or the other in life? From your constantly chirpy next-door couple to illustrious movie stars, all of us have our own set of struggles and Sonam Kapoor recently opened up about one of the biggest challenges that she faced in life. In a new IGTV series, called Storytime With Sonam, she spoke about her long-standing struggles with PCOS.
"Hi, guys, going to share something personal here. I've been struggling with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) for quite some time now. PCOS, or PCOD, is a very common condition that a lot of women live with. It’s also an extremely confusing condition since everyone’s cases, symptoms and struggles are different," shared Sonam.
Sonam also revealed that she has decided to share her experience so as to help those who must be struggling with PCOS right now. "I have been suffering from it for several years since I was like 14 or 15 and it has been the bane of my existence. I have gone to several doctors and dieticians to help myself and right now, I am in a good place. I thought I will share my learnings with you guys," she added.
Struggling with PCOS? Here are Sonam Kapoor's top three tips that might come in handy:
In her video, Sonam talked about how the first step to fight PCOS is something as simple as walking. She shared, "I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to walk. Walking is something that has become an afterthought, something that we don't do anymore. Our lifestyles have become extremely sedentary and walking is one of the most natural things that one can do. This is something that I have learned the hard way and I now walk at least 10,000 steps a day."
Speaking on the importance of yoga in combating PCOS, Sonam shared, "Another form of exercise that I'd suggest is yoga. Yoga is something that makes you mobile, which makes you strong, and improves your cardiovascular ability. You can try Suryanamaskar or Hatha yoga"
She further added, "Yoga has another element to it which is meditation and breathing exercises. Now, this makes me come to my second point. The second thing that I think aggravates PCOS is stress. Yoga, meditation, and breathing have actually helped me combat that."
"Sugar is something that makes you feel good and then you come crashing down. I have given up sugar completely. Refined sugar is poison. It's awful, it's the worst thing that you can put into your system. and I cannot tell you how much my life has changed since I have given it up and I am not just talking about refined sugar. I am talking about natural sugars as well. Honey, maple syrup, gur, etc. Just stop having it. You can get good sugars outs of fruits," Sonam shared stressing upon how each one of us needs to do away with sugar.
She also talked about how quitting sugar has helped her a lot. "Now after not eating sugar for such a long time, I can't eat anything with anymore and I was an addict to sugary drinks and chocolates, sweets, and desserts. Now I find all of it too sweet and I never thought that I'd be there," she shared.
A number of recent studies suggest that there has been an alarming rise in PCOS and PCOD cases during the lockdown. According to Dr Jayasree Sundar, Director, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Madhukar Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Delhi, “There has been a steady rise in the incidence of PCOS over the last decade or two, a trend that has accelerated in the lockdown."
She further adds, “The lockdown has complicated health issues for women. Irregular follow-ups with the doctor during the lockdown are leading to a spike in the incidence of PCOS. This disorder is also linked with higher levels of circulating insulin, and there is a spike in the number of diabetic patients during the lockdown. Sedentary lifestyle and becoming a couch-potato are increasing the chances of relapse of PCOS in patients, or the disorder becoming much more severe with increased symptoms.”
Clearly, all these tips by Sonam sound like great lifestyle changes that all of us must consider given the current pandemic stress and how it has had an adverse impact on our health!
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