I have a completely new life!

by C.H.
(California)

The key to managing (and eliminating) PCOS symptoms is a vegan diet consisting primarily of legumes and vegetables, limited grain and fruit intake (10%).

A healthy percentage of raw consumption is also beneficial.

Exercise further increases the efficiency of the insulin "lock and key" mechanism, thereby making the body's system more normal.

PCOS can be managed 100% by diet and exercise.

It is the SAD (Standard American Diet) that triggers PCOS. It is unhealthy for everyone, but for women with PCOS (and men) it manifests illness uniquely.

I say this after a lifetime of managing PCOS.

I am pregnant for the first time at 42, and it was naturally with no drugs. I take no prescriptions. I spent most of my twenties in bed and my thirties putting in weight and being sickly until I changed my lifestyle dramatically.

I have a completely new life.

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Be careful with soy!
by: PCOS Editor

Hi CH,

Thanks for your story. And congrats on your pregnancy! I would agree with most of what you say. Keep up the good work!

I might note that there may be a few issues with a totally vegan diet, such as vitamin B12 and vitamin D adequacy, as well as protein adequacy. Adequacy of these nutrients is especially important during pregnancy. What are you doing to ensure you're getting enough of these nutrients?

Another concern I have is regarding a reliance on legumes. When we say "legumes", we often are referring to soybeans. I don't recommend soybeans or any product containing soy, mainly because almost all of soy crops produced today are genetically modified to allow the increased application of an herbicide called glyphosate. The brand name is RoundUp. Glyphosate residues in soy, corn, wheat and some other crops may contribute to 22 different diseases. I would suggest fish and eggs instead of soy if it's the protein you're concerned about.

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