PCOS Review Newsletter #113

August 22, 2010

1) Vitamin D Deficiency Epidemic Among Teens

3) Brown Rice vs. White Rice

1) Vitamin D Deficiency Epidemic Among Teens

Are you a teen or a mother of a teen daughter? If so, read this.

We've spoken many times about the importance of vitamin D in helping you to control PCOS and reduce your risk of future diseases. (That's one reason why there is so much vitamin D in our d-pinitol product). We're reported studies showing that women who have polycystic ovary syndrome are more likely to have abnormally low vitamin D levels.

Low vitamin D levels are associated with many PCOS symptoms, insulin resistance, cognitive decline, fatal stroke, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, osteoporosis and shortened lifespan. We could go on but you get the idea.

Adequate vitamin D is an absolute necessity for anyone who wants to live a healthy life.

However, the research news is alarming. Vitamin D levels are too low in huge swathes of our population.

The Medical College of Georgia has just reported some disturbing news about vitamin D deficiency in teens.

Most of our vitamin D is manufactured by our bodies when our skin is exposed to the sun. Georgia is a state that gets a lot of sun. So you would think teenage girls would have plenty of vitamin D. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth.

The researchers found low vitamin D levels in 56% of the 559 male and female teens they tested. Thirty percent of white female teens had low levels. An astonishing 94% of African-American teen girls had vitamin D levels that were too low.

In other words, 94 of every 100 African-American female teenagers appear to have suboptimal vitamin D. The health of this ethnic group will become a moving train wreck if nothing is done, starting now.

If you're a teen, ask your parents to arrange for a vitamin D test.

If you're a mother of a teen, ask your doctor to test your daughter or son for vitamin D. It's the responsible thing to do. The future of your child is in your hands.

Meanwhile, put your teen daughter or son on a healthier diet and encourage them to get more exercise.

Source: Dong Y et al, Low 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in adolescents: race, season, adiposity, physical activity, and fitness, Pediatrics. 2010 Jun;125(6):1104-11

3) Brown Rice vs. White Rice

We have many newsletter subscribers who live in Asia or other areas where white rice is a staple food. It is customary to eat rice at almost every meal.

Some women have difficulty with the diet described in "The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility" ebook because rice is completely excluded. The reason that rice is excluded is that it can make it harder to overcome PCOS since it is high in carbs.

We understand that if white rice is an integral part of your culture, it would be next to impossible to not eat any rice at all.

In this case, we recommend that you switch over to brown rice.

The Harvard School of Public Health has estimated that replacing white rice with brown rice could reduce your risk of developing diabetes by as much as 16%. Diabetes is a common outcome of having PCOS, so this information is relevant to you.

There is substantial resistance to brown rice in cultures where white rice is prevalent. In one study of Chinese, they considered brown rice inferior to white rice in terms of taste and quality, until they tasted brown rice. However, after tasting brown rice and learning about its nutritional value, the majority indicated greater willingness to consume brown rice.

The main barriers to acceptance were the perception of rough texture and unpalatable taste, as well as higher price.

If you're eating white rice now, why not switch to brown rice and see what you think. Maybe you will get used to it. Keep in mind that brown rice is much healthier for you.

Sources: Sun Q et al, White rice, brown rice, and risk of type 2 diabetes in US men and women, Arch Intern Med. 2010 Jun 14;170(11):961-9
Zhang G et al, Substituting brown rice for white rice to lower diabetes risk: a focus-group study in Chinese adults, J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 Aug;110(8):1216-21

Thought for Today: "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems." -- Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi

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