Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
Yes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can result in weight gain; usually mostly around the mid section. Unfortunately because there is no cure for it there is no cure for the weight gain side effect either. At least not wholely.
Are you sure you haven't changed your diet? You say you don't eat a lot of junk food, but you have made a number of posts about baking desserts etc. That combined with even a little bit less activity than you usually do will pack on the pounds too.
Here is a link that gives you lots of information on PCOS, including the side effects.http://www.4women.gov/faq/pcos.htm#e
It's actually a very common syndrome for women. Some statistics indicate about 10% of women have it and most don't even know they do. However the statistics are actually much higher than that.
You can also sign up with this site below if you want to speak to other women who have it too. I have it but I don't dwell on it. It's not life threatening and actually in some ways I consider it to be a blessing because I am not plagued by monthly periods.
If you are experiencing large amounts of weight gain around the middle area of your body, it's entirely possible that you have a cortisol level. A blood test can determine that and there are pills that can be taken to manage that too.
Thankyou Linda! I appreciate your help
(and the links!- i already frequent the second site a bit, but i will defintiely check out the first one!)The weight gain is definitely at my mid section. I'm so petite that i just look pregnant becuase that's where i gain all my weight
As far as my posts about desserts (yes, i'm a baking/cooking junkie
) BUT, i make just about everything we eat myself so i can substitue ingredients for good ones and only use the things i can have in it that won't make me sick/etc....so they're definitely healthier. I use a lot of recipes from diabetic cookbooks too.
I do think that part of the problem is i've been buying everything in low/no sugar and working out thinking that should help, but not seeing any improvements really. Tonight Colin and I read through a few sights, both trying to read up and learn about it (there's soo much we don't understand, and it gets upsetting not knowing why such and such is happening). From what i understand now, it's not just the sugar intake i have to watch- it's the carbs....and that i will be the first to admit- i hadn't been watching as closely as the sugars. So now that i understand a bit more of what i should look for- i will start to keep that in mind!
I really feel like i should be getting a more professional opinion on setting up a healthy diet plan for myself to get this under control, as i have other GI issues (Gastroparesis, IBS, GERD, Lactose Intolerance) - so what i could eat for one issue, aggervtes the other- so i'm really not sure WHAT i should avoid/etc. After Colin and I talked about it though- i think i'm going to go to Weight Watchers at least for a little while to try and get this all sorted out and get on track
PCOS can definitely lead to life threatening issues if it's not kept in check- pcos related obeasity can cause a higher risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, high LDL, type 2 diabetes. PCOS may not kill itself, but the related issues definitely can if it's not kept in checked/managed repsonsibly.
Another thing that concerns me is that i want children. My doctors told me my chances may not be soo great at my last visit -they did another ultrasound, and my ovaries look pretty bad from what they said. She also told me my chances for a miscarriage my be increased as well. So for me- i definitely want to kick this thing in the butt and do what i need to do to stay in great shape/ lead a normal happy life with as few symptoms as possible. That's why i'm soo frusterated/ desperate to figure out what i need to be doing to get it under control.
Originally Posted by kittymonsters
Have you looked into taking cinnamon? I mean using it as a medication, daily.
We have a mare who is insulin resistant, also has hormonal problems and has ad to be short cycled to rupture multiple follicle ovaries.
From studies done on humans, the equine researcher who is the IR/cushings guru had us start using cinnamon, as well as precisely balanced minerals. We have to test the hay and make sure the sugar content is below 10% then we have to balance all the minerals. Then she gets 1 teaspoon cinnamon per 250 pounds bodyweight.
This has resulted in her being able to actually eat more and she has lost 200 pounds. She was morbidly obese for a horse.
The similarities between humans and horses with IR are quite amazing. I just "googled" cinnamon and Insulin resistance and lots of informative sites come up.
This one is titled PCOS coach .comhttp://pcoscoach.com/Herbs_for_pcos_cinnamon.html
Thankyou for the info! I haven't really looked into using cinnamon just yet as i want to check with my doctor first before i add supplements/etc- but i am definitely going to ask about it!
Originally Posted by CDubbie
I'm pre-pre PCOS (hard to explain) and was on steroids for something else over a year - I feel your pain!
Any Sugar Busters
kind of diet is the only thing that works for me AT ALL, but it is still slow. I live in a diabetes kind of mindset, and research diets from that standpoint.
Nutra system's plan for diabetics also worked for me, lost about 8lbs a mn, which is ASTOUNDING for me, but it was pricey and with other issues I didnt keep going. I'm considering going back when some other of my issues are more under control.
Sorry for you....
Thanks for the help!
Is sugar busters a book?