I am so thankful that this site exists. I just got diagnosed with PCOS today.
I feet calm at points and very overwhelmed at the same time.
When I looked at all the symptoms and risks today, I was scared.
Reading all of these stories has really helped.
I wanted to share what great things have already happened. I for the last 2 years have been taking vitamins-USANA health Sciences and have been doing great.
I am 21 and the last year I have only had my period 3 times. I was very concerned about this, so I decided to get it checked out on Monday. I had been feeling somewhat depressed, achy, headaches, and very tired.
When I got my results back she said that everything was normal except for my hormone levels.
She said all of my blood sugar levels were normal and that overall I am very healthy. I thank my vitamins for that.
I talked to my parents today about what I should do and we are going to go full force with USANA. They offer a lot of Low GI shakes and bars, which I have already been eating on and off for the past year. I also am going to be taking the Health Pack which is packed full of antioxidants and minerals. I feel that because of this product I have been able to stay as healthy as possible with this syndrome.
I am 5'4 and 130 pounds! I hope to be able to stay healthy.
I have dreamed of having kids my whole life and that is what I am most nervous about. I trust that God is in control of everything. Thank you again for all of your encouraging stories.
If any of you are interested, I promise that USANA could help you too. You can look at their website USANA.com My brother is a gold director for USANA and works full time. He travels the world selling these vitamins and has my entire family on them. I have so many stories of success. If any of you are interested in knowing more you can either look for yourself or contact me. [email protected]
We appreciate your enthusiasm for low glycemic index shakes and bars. They are much better than lots of other things you could be eating.
However, they are not a substitute for whole foods such as vegetables. Where people can get into trouble is when most of their diet consists of refined, manufactured products. It doesn't matter how healthy you think they are or how healthy the manufacturer claims they are. There is simply no way that any manufactured product can exactly duplicate fresh vegetables or fresh fruit. Or animal protein for that matter.
We also understand that most of us believe we are too busy to spend time preparing meals, thus we fix a quick shake or have a bar while on the go. There is no evidence that this type of diet is beneficial over the long term.
Humans are genetically designed to consume and utilize natural, un-manufactured foods. For women with PCOS and who want to normalize their hormones, the research evidence suggests that a varied diet of whole, fresh foods is the best way to go.
As for the supplements, antioxidants may be a good idea, since women with PCOS tend to be under oxidant stress and have a greater need for antioxidants.