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PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
by Dave Foreman
About ten percent of American women are affected by PCOS, a condition brought about by hormonal imbalance. This imbalance (an over-abundance of male sex hormones) can lead to a host of different physiological changes, such as problems with periods, acne, weight gain, amenorrhea and excess facial hair. If it goes on too long, PCOS can even lead to more serious health challenges like insulin resistance, diabetes and heart disease. The number of emails and radio callers I have been receiving on this subject pushed me to include this article to help you get the relief you are seeking. Remarkably, I feel that many women suffer from PCOS, yet don’t recognize the symptoms and therefore don’t seek medical advice. Here are some of the more common symptoms:
Unfortunately, PCOS may go undiagnosed since the symptoms mentioned above are common with many other health challenges and lifestyle choices. Sad to say, modern medicine doesn’t offer much relief, as hormonal imbalances are notoriously tricky to treat. Typically, birth control medication and fertility drugs top the list of treatment options. Recently there has been a focus on using blood sugar and insulin resistance medication, which seem to help the most.
Let’s go natural
In my opinion, it all starts with Diet, Exercise and Supplements, three of my 4 Pillars of Great Health. Granted, the mind/spirit is important in all health challenges, but in the case of PCOS, regular exercise, a healthy diet, and the use of supplements usually do the trick.
With regard to exercise, 30 minutes of physical activity daily will usually suffice. Walking briskly is the form of activity I recommend. All it costs you is a good pair of walking shoes. This increased activity will also help with the weight issues that many PCOS sufferers also tend to have. Even losing ten pounds could help get your hormones in balance and regulate your menstrual cycle. Along with increased activity comes eating right. This means elimination of refined (white) foods and increasing the use of more whole foods such as fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and legumes. Also limit foods that are high in saturated fat, such as meats, cheeses and fried foods.
Dietary supplements work great with this condition. Regretfully, too many people expect change to be immediate, and give up before the benefits can be realized. Since we are working with sex hormones and insulin, it could take up to six months to get stabilized. Just relying on a pill to be the solution is not the answer. For those who wish to support their sex hormones, I like to look for supplements containing these two herbs: black cohosh and vitex. There is a wide range of supplements which combine these two herbs for female hormonal support. Ask a Health Enthusiast to help you find one that is right for you.
When it comes to blood sugar control there are a few formulas I would look at using: Doctor’s Choice for Glucose Regulation, Wellbetx Glucose Balance and M.D. Select Advanced Sugar Support. I feel confident that the regular use of these supplements along with proper diet and activity will get you the relief you seek.