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EDITION # 1 September 21,2011

What Is PCOS? The recipe for living a healthy PCOS Lifestyle! How to Deal with a New Diagnosis PCOS


Featured Story By: PCOS Jamaica

What is PCOS? Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Polycystic ovary syndrome (say “pah-lee-SIS-tik OH-vuh-ree SIN-drohm”) is a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance. It can cause problems with your periods and make it difficult to get pregnant. PCOS may also cause unwanted changes in the way you look. If it is not treated, over time it can lead to serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. Polycystic ovary syndrome (or PCOS) is common, affecting as many as 1 out of 15 women. Often the symptoms begin in the teen years. Treatment can help control the symptoms and prevent long-term problems.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms tend to be mild at first. You may have only a few symptoms or a lot of them. The most common symptoms are: - Acne. - Weight gain and trouble losing weight. - Extra hair on the face and body. Often women get thicker and darker facial hair and more hair

on the chest, belly, and back. - Thinning hair on the scalp. - Irregular periods. Often women with PCOS have fewer than nine periods a year. Some women have no periods. Others have very heavy bleeding. - Fertility problems. Many women who have PCOS have trouble getting pregnant (infertility). - Depression. Most women with PCOS grow many small cysts on their ovaries. That is why it is called polycystic ovary syndrome. The cysts are not harmful but lead to hormone imbalances.

What causes PCOS? The symptoms of PCOS are caused by changes in hormone levels. There may be one or more causes for the hormone level changes. PCOS seems to run in families, so your chance of having it is higher if other women in your family have PCOS, irregular periods, or diabetes. PCOS can be passed down from either your mother’s or father’s side.

The Recipe for Living a Healthy PCOS Lifestyle! PCOS Diet Is Not Just For Weight Loss Women suffering from PCOS seem to lose weight with difficulty as a result of high insulin levels due to insulin resistance, also called syndrome x, associated with PCOS. Insulin levels, when high stimulate the storage of fat. This is a metabolic disorder that can be corrected by following a healthy diet. Be very cautious of all the different diets for this and that. You need a specific diet for your body constitution and for your specific metabolic type. My advice is to seek advice from a holistic nutritional consultant that can help you develop a dietary schedule that is right for you. Diet is the most important step in the prevent and natural treatment of PCOS.

PCOS Diet With Low Gycemic Index Foods It has been recently discovered that the low fat, high carbohydrates weight loss diet is not suited for those who have PCOS. In fact, this type of diet may even worsen your symptoms. High carbohydrates intake, are not recommended, especially if these are refined carbohydrates like white pasta, white rice and corn, because the body transforms them quickly into glucose, which in turn stimulates high levels of insulin to be produced. This spike in insulin stimulates fat cells to uptake glucose and store it into fat. A low glycemic index diet is the best because it is based on the selection of foods that do not cause a rapid increase of blood glucose.

Here is a short list of low glycemic foods: 1. All legumes 2. Barley 3. Kamut

PCOS Diet Low in Saturated Fats Also, a diet that is high in animal protein is not recommended because it can worsen PCOS symptoms due to the high saturated fats content and animal hormones of meats. Organic lean meats can be consumed occasionally. Dairy products should also be avoided or minimized for the same reasons. Organic cheeses and milk should be consumed very rarely because they do contain naturally occurring estrogen. Female cows do produce hormones that naturally is present in their milk. Women suffering from PCOS may have too much estrogen and thus do not need to introduce more of it through their diet. Make sure you use a small amount of unsaturated fatty acids instead. These are fats coming from the vegetal world like flax seed oil, oil of olive, hemp oil etc. Click here to read more.

How to Deal with a New Diagnosis of PCOS Unless you know someone who has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), it’s not surprising if you haven’t heard of. Many women haven’t, despite PCOS actually being one of the most common diseases affecting women of child bearing age. Learning about the syndrome and taking control of your treatment is essential to living with it. Here are five tips in how to deal with a new diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome.

1. Learn About PCOS When the doctor first tells you that you may have PCOS, it is important to learn as much as possible about the disease — risk factors for other diseases, complications, how to manage it, treatment options, etc. Being informed about these issues is a key step to getting control over PCOS. Make sure to check out reliable online sources, or ask your doctor for a recommendation. You can start here.

2. See a Specialist While many physicians treat women with PCOS, it can’t hurt to see a specialist who frequently deals with women with this concern. Ask your primary care physician for a recommendation, or ask your OB/GYN if she has experience with PCOS. These experts can help you find a treatment protocol that works for you, especially if you don’t wish to take the typically prescribed birth control pill. Don’t hesitate to get a second opinion if you’re not happy with your physician or her recommendations.

3. Determine Your Goals for Treatment Before seeing your doctor, determine what your goals for treatment are. For example, if you would like to begin a family, make sure that your doctor is aware of that before he puts you on any medication. If you are more concerned about hair removal or acne, there are particular medications that can be considered as well. It may be helpful to think about and write down what you hope to accomplish from treatment. This can help you focus your conversation with the doctor and ensure that you get all of your questions answered.

4. Make a Lifestyle Change Studies have shown that as little as a 10% weight reduction can be effective in restoring regular ovulation and menses. This can help reduce the level of androgens in your body and may even help reduce your symptoms and make infertility treatment more effective. Regular exercise has also been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and improve the quality of your sleep.

5. Find Support This disease and its effects can become very overwhelming. There are a number of resources you can access to get support in dealing with the various concerns associated with PCOS. From education to message boards to Internet chats, there are many sites on the web that provide resources or support.

Featured Story By: PCOS Jamaica

My Journey with PCOS I;m 24, have had irregular periods since i was 19 yrs old but sadly did not think much of it…the weight keep packing on but i assumed it was because i was depressed at times and i am not active. Fast forward 4years later 4 periods a year until the last 1 that came would NOT stop. I found a gynecologist and made an appointment, PCOS was confirmed and I was put on Metformin. After I few days the bleeding stopped but came back and this time it lasted 11 months, I finally changed doc and for the pass few months I’ve been on Progyluton to have my period and I’m also on Metformin 850mg (3 times daily). After doing hours of reading on PCOS I found that the key is to lose weight and eat PCOS healthy foods so I added diet and exercise and so far I’ve loss 40lbs:-) My journey with PCOS will continue for the rest of my life but I will push forward with HOPE and FAITH. Thanks for reading! Click Here to leave a comment on this story

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