Are you struggling with weight gain, infertility, PCOS?
What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
PCOS is diagnosed when at least two of these findings are present, and there are no other reasons for these signs and symptoms.
– infrequent or absent periods
– excessive ‘male’ hormones, which can cause symptoms like acne, excessive hair growth
(hirsuitism), and loss of scalp hair (alopecia)
– Poly Cystic ovaries on ultrasound.
What really causes PCOS?
Most women with PCOS (and in fact, most health professionals as well) don’t know the cause of their problem, and if you don’t know the cause you cannot possibly know the answer. So, let’s take a closer look.
PCOS is a syndrome that affects your hormones, growth, mood and your energy. It really does effect your whole body. If not addressed correctly, it also predisposes you to a plethora of chronic dis-eases like type II diabetes, obesity, heart dis-ease, high blood pressure, cancer and more.
There are two main drivers which stand out in the development and exacerbation of PCOS:
Insulin resistance and Inflammation
Insulin resistance is a condition where our cells may not correctly recognize, or use, the hormone insulin secreted by our pancreas. It is a hormone that manages the metabolism of sugars or carbohydrates in our body, amongst other duties.
Studies show that insulin resistance is due to faulty diet, a less than ideal lifestyle, excessive stress and toxic overload. Insulin resistance is a most integral part of having PCOS. 44 to 70% women with PCOS suffer from insulin resistance irrespective of whether they are overweight, their ideal weight or thin. However women who are obese have an increased risk of developing insulin resistance.
Inflammation is an underlying cause of dis-ease that is rarely identified, let alone appropriately addressed. This is no different in women with PCOS, regardless of age. Young women with PCOS were found to have elevated markers for inflammation. Even before you begin to develop the tell-tale signs of this syndrome, you may be suffering from chronic low grade inflammation affecting every part of your body.
What can you do to reduce – even completely eliminate – your PCOS signs and symptoms?
Poor eating habits contribute to both insulin resistance and inflammation. To tackle these, include a wide variety of organic fruits, vegetables and salads, healthy proteins like fish, eggs and nuts and great fats like those found in avocado, flaxseeds and again fish, eggs and nuts, daily. Reduce, or eliminate, refined and sugar laden foods such as pasta, breads, biscuits, cakes, packaged snacks and alcohol.
Address food allergies and intolerances – such as gluten, artificial colours, flavours, preservatives and other additives.
Remove toxins from your internal or external environmental (check out Anna’s insightful book ‘Toxic World, Toxic People A Guide to Beauty, Health, Parenting and Conscious Living).
Reduce your stress, drink 8 glasses of water per day and ensure 8 hours of restful, uninterrupted sleep per night.
Find a health professional specifically qualified to give you the right advice (if they prescribe the oral contraceptive pill, run a mile as it has been shown to aggravate or cause insulin resistance!)
These 5 simple tips and strategies will make a massive difference to your health and help you to successfully address the real causes of PCOS and your PCOS signs and symptoms.
Yours In Wellness,
Dr Rebecca Harwin
‘The PCOS Expert’