Wow, I was amazed to even find this site. I was diagnosed when I was 16. The doctors told me the side effects of PCOS were:
1. Most people with PCOS have a difficult time getting pregnant and, in most cases, don't.
2. Facial hair, and loss of head hair.
3. Greater risk for diabetes and heart attacks.
4. Weight gain that would be harder to lose than the average person.
With all this wonderful news I quickly went into a depression and gained even more weight.
The thing was, I had regular periods, then I started eating unhealthy foods like crazy (fast foods, chips, etc.), and in 3 months had gained 60 pounds. My period stopped, and that's when I went to the doctor.
The weight gain just continued from there. I have used myself as a guinea pig. I associated my PCOS with what I ate.
What I discovered was that when I ate meat (beef, chicken) and foods high in fats (mainly fast food), my facial hair would grow faster. Eating it in great amounts caused me to have to wax every week. Without meat or high fat food for a good length of time (3+weeks), I found I wasn't having to wax for 2-3 weeks.
Eating a natural diet of fruits and vegetables, brown rice, oatmeal, and fish, I found my eczema would clear up and be almost non-existent.
I have horrible reactions to caffeine and sugar. These quickly result in a break out of eczema.
I find tea helps to detox the body.
Exercise is very beneficial because it helps regulate the blood sugars.
Add the glucophage and I notice the weight starts to just fall off with a healthy diet.
I am now 27 and am still learning every day. I am glad to see there are others that are on the same page as myself. I look forward to the day that I can start a family, but until that time I am getting healthy.
The PCOS diet book is a good reference for a healthy diet, exercise and stress management.
In addition to a healthier diet, use of the d-Pinitol supplement may allow you to decrease your dosage of metformin (Glucophage).
You also need to be aware that metformin has side effects, such as vitamin B12 deficiency.
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