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Three basic tips for PCOS
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Prayforamiracle posted:
I just read about three basic tips to help with PCOS.

1. Improve your diet

2. Exercise

3. Reduce stress

Do any of you feel that these three things help PCOS? I just don't understand how they can make a difference with PCOS. Would love to hear your opinions! I need any help I can get!
Prayforamiracle-Me(35)PCOS Dh(42)MFI TTC since 11/06. Only pregnancy ended in loss in July 2007. On 1500mg of Metformin.  Currently on Cycle 22.  
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Kofie responded:
Improving your diet probably will help the insulin resistance problem.

Exercise I think would be because in addition to the diet change it promotes weight loss, and I have heard weight loss is a good thing to help with PCOS.

Reducing the stress in your life will help to get your body back in a cycle. As I am sure we all know how stress affects AF, maybe it aggervates PCOS to?

Those are my thoughts on why it could be helpful. I don't think doing those things will make it go away completely, although I think it might reduce the symptoms...

Hope all of you are well!
 
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wantingbabymiracles responded:
My doctor explained the exercise part to me. He said that when you exercise, your muscles metabolize insulin for energy. So this along with metformin decreases the insulin levels in your blood. He suggested walking at least 20 minutes a day and other things that work the bum and thighs, because they are the biggest muscles, they use the most insulin. Cutting sugar and making the switch to whole grains also helps decrease insulin levels because candy and soda etc when metabloize produce more insulin than whole grains. This is how he explained things to me so that I'd understand, I hope it helps with the reasoning a little. Good Luck!
 
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Swilson44 replied to wantingbabymiracles's response:
My doctor said my surgar is ok. I am on the metformin just for PCOS. OR is there issues with my insulin as well. I am so confused! I no the Met is for diabeties (spelling) and sugar. I am so lost any help?
 
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Kofie replied to Swilson44's response:
PCOS comes from being insulin resistant...my sugar is fine to but the amount of insulin that my body produces to keep me normal is much much higher than a normal person.
 
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Swilson44 replied to Kofie's response:
Humm! You would think the doctor would tell me if there was something wrong with my insulin. I am not even sure if the Dr is 100% sure if I have PCOS. I guess I need to ask him about all this.
 
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Prayforamiracle replied to Swilson44's response:
I think doctors view PCOS different ways. The way I understand it, they will diagnose you with PCOS even if you don't show all the symptoms. They are some doctors that say you can have PCOS even though you are not insulin resistant and some docs disagree with that. I'm not insulin resistant and that was why I didn't want to go on Metformin. My doc said there were studies that showed Met to work in non-insulin resistant patients, so that is why he wanted to put me on it anyway. I hope this didn't confuse you more.
Prayforamiracle-Me(35)PCOS Dh(42)MFI TTC since 11/06. Only pregnancy ended in loss in July 2007. On 1500mg of Metformin. Currently on Cycle 22.
 
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Jessi10909 replied to Prayforamiracle's response:
My doc put me on met and a low calorie diet for PCOS because my insulin is VERY high. Glucose and other sugar tests are all normal so it didn't surprise me when he mentioned nothing about monitoring sugar in my diet, just calories. He seems to be obsessed with weight loss...
DH (38) and I (24) have been TTC my 1st, his 3rd since Jan. 2008 Currently on 2000mg Metformin Prenatal Vitamins and 1200cal/day diet... fingers crossed! Good Luck everyone!
 
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petlover573 replied to Prayforamiracle's response:
The way it was explained to me, you have to have two of three categories of symptoms to be diagnosed. They are: an ultrasound showing polycystic ovaries, blood levels showing high testosterone levels, and the presence of other body symptoms such as acne, excess body hair, weight gain or inability to lose weight. I happen to have all three, but I was told that isn't common. The guy I went to specializes in PCOS, so I feel very comfortable with the information he has provided.

In order to control the symptoms, I was put on a low-carb diet. I successfully lost 32 pounds (have gained a bit back since) without exercising. I haven't had to take any meds to control the PCOS and have seen all of my body symptoms disappear. There's a really great book I read that goes into the science of low-carb eating and has a section on PCOS. The title is How I Gave Up My Lowfat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds and I think the author is Dana Carpender. I would highly recommend it to anyone trying to control PCOS without medications!
 
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Prayforamiracle replied to petlover573's response:
Thanks for posting. I will definitely check in to that book.
Prayforamiracle-Me(35)PCOS Dh(42)MFI TTC since 11/06. Only pregnancy ended in loss in July 2007. On 1500mg of Metformin. Currently on Cycle 22.
 
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alb7585 replied to Prayforamiracle's response:
The biggest thing that helped me with my PCOS and watching my CARBS not calories. My reproducitve endocrinologist / infertility specialist told me not to worry so much on the calories but cut my carbs to less than 75g a day and I did. I lost 40lbs on a 75g carb / 1200 cal a day diet. My blood pressure was boardline high and came down, I got pregnant once with clomid which I lost that pregnancy and then right away again on our own. DF has sperm issues too so we were told it would be "impossible" to concieve at least without IUI. We showed them. (I am going to post an update in a second ...) Another good PCOS book (that I LOVED) is "A Patient's Guide to PCOS: Understanding--and Reversing--Polycystic Ovary Syndrome " I got it at Barnes and Nobel but its on amazon too. There is a lot of good information. If any of you have a chance to see the endocrinologist they have alot of good information. I walked out totally overwhelmed at first but he gave me alot of points to look at. Another way to research PCOS is metabolic syndrome X. (Its the same thing from what I was told.) Also ... I don't know where everyone lives but my RE is Dr Paul C. Magarelli, M.D., Ph.D. and has offices in NM and CO and is worth it all.
Me (25), DF (26), DS (2.5). TTC 2 since May 2008. M/C 7/2010 PCOS and on a whole regimine and DF has sperm motility issues. Crossing our fingers!!
 
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nancyh39 responded:
it might help but im trying to lose weight so i can conceive

 
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nancyh39 replied to Swilson44's response:
it is a diabetic medicine i was on it till i went to insilin but i have pcos as well and so does my sister and she took it just for the pcos it works ok for her she even was able to conceive she now has a 4 yr old little girl!
 
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nancyh39 replied to Prayforamiracle's response:
my sister isnt insilin resistant and she takes metformin for her pcos
 
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Prayforamiracle replied to nancyh39's response:
I've heard mixed reviews, some say it is okay to take if not insulin resistant and some say it is not. Who knows!
Prayforamiracle-Me(35)PCOS Dh(42)MFI TTC since 11/06. Only pregnancy ended in loss in July 2007. On 1500mg of Metformin. Currently on Cycle 22.


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