The diets to avoid if you have PCOS, hypertension or thyroid issues

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With the plethora of diets trending on social media these days, it’s definitely mind-boggling to zero in on one that may actually work for you the right way. For those with health issues, this goes beyond just confusion that is caused by the conflicting information out there—one wrong diet move and you may find yourself battling further health complications. We spoke to two medical experts to get their views on some popular diets. Needless to say, it’s best to consult your own physician before you make changes to your diet if you’re also managing pre-existing health conditions.

If you suffer from hormone imbalances like PCOS or thyroid issues…
“Anyone with hormone issues should follow Intermittent Fasting (IF) only under expert guidance,” stresses Vishakha Shivdasani, the Mumbai-based medical doctor specialising in treating obesity, diabetes, dyslipidemias and other chronic lifestyle ailments. IF, where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting, initially increases one’s cortisol (stress hormones released by the adrenal glands) levels, which can have a negative impact on the above-mentioned health issues, explains Shivdasani. “I often advise my clients with PCOS to restrict IF to just five days a week, and if you’re not trying to lose weight, then three times is good enough to maintain health,” she says.

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