PCOS Review Newsletter #56

2) Stevia Protects Your Pancreas

3) Meditation Boosts Women's Health

2) Stevia Protects Your Pancreas

Stevia is a natural sweetener that is 300 times as sweet as table sugar. It is extracted from herbs and shrubs grown in South America. It is a popular and healthy sweetener.

So what does stevia have to do with polycystic ovarian syndrome? First, some background.

The majority of PCOS women appear to have insulin resistance or excessively high levels of insulin. Your pancreas has to work hard to produce all this insulin. Eventually, your pancreas gets tired out and no longer produces enough insulin to store your blood sugar into cells. When that happens, you have insulin-dependent diabetes. As you may know, women with PCOS have a higher risk of developing diabetes.

In other words, if you have insulin or blood sugar problems, your pancreas gland is at risk.

A recent study has shown that stevia has a protective effect on your pancreas, especially if you have a problem with excessive blood sugar and insulin resistance.

Therefore, if you have a sweet tooth, stevia is your best choice as a sweetener.

Chen J et al Stevioside improves pancreatic beta-cell function during glucotoxicity via regulation of acetyl-CoA carboxylase, Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Jun;292(6):E1906-16

3) Meditation Boosts Women's Health

Have you tried meditation lately? If not, give it a try. Research shows that it will help you in a number of ways.

For example, cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death in older women. However, postmenopausal women who are long-term practitioners of Transcendental Meditation have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and appear to have less risk of heart disease.

Meditation also has been shown to reduce symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome, including lower blood pressure and insulin resistance. Metabolic syndrome has many similarities to polycystic ovary syndrome.

Walton KG et al, Lowering cortisol and CVD risk in postmenopausal women: a pilot study using the Transcendental Meditation program, Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2004 Dec;1032:211-5
Paul-Labrador M et al, Effects of a randomized controlled trial of transcendental meditation on components of the metabolic syndrome in subjects with coronary heart disease, Arch Intern Med. 2006 Jun 12;166(11):1218-24

Thought for Today: "If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be - enthusiasm." -- Bruce Barton

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