Although this article is about PCOS, it may be useful information for many other disorders because PCOS is a “syndrome” made up of multiple conditions that interact with one another. Many of the suggestions can be used for individual conditions such as, Insulin Resistance, High Cholesterol, Obesity, Diabetes, Anovulation, Acne, Alopecia, Hirsutism, Hormonal Imbalance and others.
Seeing me at our local coffee house, you would not suspect that I had PCOS because I’m thin, have no unusually hair growth and my hair is healthy and abundant. I also have two children that I conceived without effort. I believe this is why it has taken till now, at 42, to be diagnosed as having Poly-Cystic Ovary Syndrome. I present a-typical but if you dig a bit deeper you’d find that I’ve:
· Struggled with my weight for the last ten years and can only keep my slim figure by eating foods that don’t activate my insulin; also known as insulin resistance.
· Had acne since puberty and worsening as I’ve gotten older.
· Can only keep my triglycerides down by eating low carb and my LDL has been over 300 even when I was thin and running.
· Had irregular menstruation over the last 5 years.
· Wrestled with melasma for 3 years.
Possible conditions that point to PCOS; you may have most of these or a combination of a few of these:
- Male Pattern Baldness (Alopecia)
- Over growth of hair in unusual areas ie; stomach, chest or above upper lip (Hirsutism)
- Irregular Menstruation
- Menstruation without Ovulation (Anovulation)
- High LDL and /or Triglycerides
- (Mottled dark spots on forehead, cheeks and/or above upper lip (Melasma)
- Cysts on Ovaries
- Low Vitamin D
- Low Intra-Cellular Magnesium
- Insulin Resistance
Although I've struggled with this for years, I’ve been able to improve my condition through diet, nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes.
As a result of my research I’ve found that these elements of nutrition play an important role in PCOS. Over the next several weeks I will be writing additional information on the items listed below. Clicking on a highlighted word will take you to more extensive information:
v Alpha Lipoic Acid
v Apple Cider Vinegar
v Biotin (B7)
v Calcium D Glucarate
v D-Chiro Inositol
v Evening Primrose Oil
v Glucose Regulation Complex
v Green Tea
v Gymnema Sylvestre
v Liver DTX Complex
v Omega 3 Fatty Acids
v Saw Palmetto
v Vitamin B complex
v Vitamin C
v Vitamin D
v Vitamin E
v Vitex (Agnus Castus)
If you would like additional information on how to use nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes to improve your PCOS or related conditions please contact me for a free consultation.