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PCOS Has An Identity Crisis! – Change of Name Required?

PCOS Identity CrisisThe full title of PCOS is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as most people know. However, there is a slight issue with this classification, you can have PCOS if you have enough of the prerequisite symptoms – but having ovarian cysts is actually not needed to be classed as having PCOS! Mind blowing right? Most women however do have cysts and many of them but the condition of PCOS is not defined by the cysts they have found. Instead is really is a complex hormonal, metabolic issue that has many facets. The complexity of this issue means that some health-care providers can also misdiagnose, or be unaware of the full issues.

All of this has been talked about recently at a conference where PCOS Diagnostic Criteria was discussed. As one fo the doctors put it “It is time to expeditiously assign a name that reflects the complex metabolic, hypothalamic, pituitary, ovarian, and adrenal interactions that characterize the syndrome,” – Much better put that I can do!

What frightens me is the insinuation that health-care providers really do not know how to diagnose PCOS, or that they might diagnose PCOS when it is not PCOS either!

The good thing is that they have setup some research to more fully understand PCOS, how to diagnose it, and this might lead to a change of name that would reflect this complex condition.

I just have one question … do I need to change the name of my website if they do this!!! šŸ˜›

 

PCOS, Insulin Resistance and Good Sleep

sleep and pcosGetting enough sleep is essential to conquering insulin resistance which is a major cause of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. However, just catching some extra time napping is not going to suffice. Let’s take a quick look at the underlying reasons why, and a closer look at insulin resistance too.

The hormone insulin regulates your metabolism of fats and carbohydrates in your body. It absorbs glucose (energy) from your bloodstream to do important work ni the body. The balance of insulin is incredibly important when looking at your overall health. When your insulin levels destabilise – and especially for long periods of time – the outcomes are not good and you can be beset by diabetes, and PCOS. There is plenty of evidence however to show that good and balanced levels of insulin are highly related to good sleep.

Insulin Resistance

Now we know something of insulin, we can look at a condition called insulin resistance. This is where the body cannot lower the blood sugar levels in an efficient way. To combat the high blood sugar the body releases even more insulin so that some of the malfunctioning hormones would work and the blood sugar eventually goes down. This floods the body with insulin and keeps your blood suagr too high for too long. Both which cause serious issues – but you can make insulin more sensitive …

How Sleep Helps You

While not the only reason for insulin resistance, a study by a Dr. Donga and a team of scientists at Leiden University Medical Centre in Holland found that lack of sleep does indeed cause reduced insulin sensitivity. A single night of poor sleep in fact was all it took to begin this slide into poor insulin! Not a week, just a single disturbed night of sleep. So, if you are not getting enough sleep, or getting poor sleep for whatever reason can you imagine have far degraded your insulin sensitivity might be?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

So we get to the link between PCOS and insulin resistance. These conditions almost go hand in hand in fact. 50-70% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance. While this is a correlation and not causation, it is probably also true that those who tested against insulin resistance might still have it, but to a lesser degree as to not be picked up by the tests. If this is a significant cause of PCOS then the link between insulin resistance and poor sleep is something that needs to be looked into and curing bad sleep might just improve your PCOS.

Lifestyle Changes For Better Sleep

Sleeping well is not just good for your general rest and recovery. Good sleeping practices will help you maintain optimal insulin balance an efficiency in your body.

Here are some tips for excellent sleep:

  • brain keeping you awake?8 hours sleep is usually the optimal amount you need. Try to get close to 8 hours sleep a night, if you wake up really groggy though, try getting an extra hour a your sleep cycle might be a bit different form others.
  • Set a bedtime ans stick to it! No going to bed when you feel sleepy as you might miss your chance. A routine will enforce better sleep.
  • Try not to have any caffeinated drinks such as (coffee, tea, cola drinks etc) particularly at night
  • Make sure there are no distractions in your bedroom such as blinking lights. Keep it dark and quiet and a good temperature.
  • Meditation can be very helpful for some.
  • To avoid your brain running around in circles keeping you awake, try to keep a notebook to jot down things you need to do if those unfinished tasks are causing you some stress. Jot it down, go back to sleep!
  • Sometimes doing something monotonous can help you doze off. Try some simple maths additions in your head boring and repetitive and can perhaps silence the active brain and send you to slumber.
  • Try to avoid computer screens for an hour before bed. This includes your phone! Studies have shown computer screens before bed can lead to very poor sleep
  • If you stop breathing while asleep, have a sore throat in the morning, fall asleep on the couch in the afternoon or early evening, and/or snore, go to your doctor to see if you suffer from sleep apnea.
  • Sex – you know it works. An orgasm helps you relax like nothign else and leads to better overall sleep.

I hope that helps you get more rest! For more info on eliminating PCOS to get your health and life back on track, check out the Natural Ovarian Cysts Relief Secrets ebook that I recommend :)

 

 

 

 

Root Causes of PCOS – A Review

Finding The Root Causes of PCOSThis might have been covered in previous posts but it still surprises me, and might surprise you that one in ten women around the world suffer from PCOS at some level. Just look around when you see a lot of other women and you will likely be in similar company who are struggling right along side you whether they know it or not.

The frustration of all women with this condition is high, and those who do not realise they have this problem are probably doubly frustrated and have no idea what is going on. Knowledge is power, and just knowing you have PCOS is powerful – but knowing the root causes is extremely powerful.

Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome is not something that just affects your ovaries which might come as a surprise to you though. It goes deeper than this and effects you hormones, your mood, your energy, heck your whole damned body! There is also a risk that if you do not treat PCOS properly it can leave you susceptible to a bunch of other illnesses such as type 2 Diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and many more.

What Are the Root Causes of PCOS Then?

1. Insulin resistance

I have discussed insulin resistance before in this blog. It is the one root cause we are quite certain is at the very base of all PCOS symptoms. In short, our body produces a hormone called insulin which regulates the metabolism of sugars/carbohydrates in our body (as well as some other duties). Insulin resistance is when this hormone is not working correctly in the body and not doing its job basically!

Insulin resistance is in part genetic, but is more often than not caused by a combination of lifestyle factors such as faulty diet, stress, toxins in the body, and many others issues. Studies have shown that 70% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance making this the key root cause of this condition. This does not matter if you are overweight, thin, fit or not – which may surprise some. However, women who are obese have a much higher chance of having this problem.

2. Inflammation

A new root cause of PCOS has also been found that works in conjunction with insulin resistance which is inflammation. Chronic low grade inflammation of much of your body is a serious issue and can go undetected for a long, long time. Many women with PCOS are found to have this issue making it quite closely linked with insulin resistance and all the other symptoms of PCOS

This can often be attributed to food allergies and intolerance’s. Some problem foods such as gluten, artificial flavours, preservatives and various chemicals can trigger an immune response which is inflammation of various parts of the body. This is not because our immune system wants to harm us in any way, it is actually trying to protect us, but it can have unfortunate consequences when this continues long term and becomes chronic. Not only will the body destroy allergens, but many useful cells in the body might get destroyed along with them. This autoimmune condition is basically a reaction to internal toxins or external environmental health hazards.

Obesity is something that is often talked about as a root cause of PCOS, however this is kind of a chicken or egg argument. PCOS can cause obesity, but obesity can also lead to inflammation and insulin resistance as well. Either way it is a bad thing, but it cannot be called a root cause –Ā  just to clarify

So if you can se some of the root causes in yoruself, or a loved one and they are suffering from PCOS, then you need to know how to combat these issues. Treating the symptoms of PCOS may bring relief, but it will never cure PCOS at its very inception. To find out more check out the eBook I recommend calledĀ Natural Ovarian Cysts Relief Secrets I cannot gurantee it will be an amazing

Insulin Resistance, PCOS and You

Insulin resistance, PCOS and the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are all linked together in a chain. I often talk about insulin resistance being the root cause of PCOS and wanted to spend a little more time today delving into this matter.

What is Insulin Resistance?

This is a condition where the body does not respond well to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that takes sugars in the blood and uses them to power the body, in a normal person cells in the body always accept insulin to enter and power their functions. When you have insulin resistance your cells for some reason do not always accept insulin. This results in high blood sugar levels because the sugars are not being dealt with which in turn makes the body release MORE insulin to counter it.

The result is what is known as hyperinsulinemia or too much insulin in the blood. This is what starts the hormonal imbalance in the body that characterises PCOS.

What Causes Insulin Resistance?

There is no known exact cause of this condition. Some say is is genetic and you are born with it and other say that lack of exercise and obesity causes it. However insulin resistance may also be the cause of obesity too. The chick and the egg question really. Insulin Resistance and PCOS are not always together though. If you have PCOS you do have insulin resistance but if you have insulin resistance you may not have PCOS. In fact if you conquer PCOS you may still have insulin resistance but you manage it so well it will not bother you.

What to do about Insulin Resistance

Dealing with insulin resistance, PCOS and the symptoms of PCOS are all the same thing. What must be done is to control your blood sugar and also to keep a balance to your hormones. This is sometimes hard to grasp but when you think of your internals like a machine that reacts to what you put into it and how you use it you can almost visualise the levels of insulin, androgens, estrogen and so forth that all must function properly to be free of PCOS.

A lot of this is diet related but there are many other facets phsyically and then there is the wntire mental game that makes or breaks your efforts.

I highly recommend Natural Ovarian Cysts Relief Secrets which has helped many people including my sister to overcome PCOS and insulin resiatance not just temporarily but for the long term.

PCOS Hair Growth Treatment

PCOS Hair Growth TreatmentI recieved an email the other day from a women with PCOS who was mostly concerned with hirsutism otherwise known as excessive hair growth. She wanted to know about PCOS hair growth treatment options so I thought I would tell everyone a little of what I researched.

Personally I think that treating the symptoms of a problem is a bit of a waste of time when ou could be treating the underlying cause of the condition. However I do have to admit that hirsutism can be incredibly embarressing and damaging to a womens self esteem. As such a twofold approach is needed … but first for those who might be here for the first time a little bit of insight into WHY you suffer from hair growth.

PCOS is the result of a condition called insulin resistance which causes hormone imbalances in your body as a result. This hormone imabalnce gives rise to androgens such as testosterone, a primarily male hormone which women usually do not produce too much of. This increase in testosterone causes many problems with oen being hirsutism. As such you can treat the symptom and remove the hair but it will always grow back while you have PCOS.

So what is the solution?

Work on your insulin resistance fist and foremost. While you are doing this you can see that hair is removed regularly and somewhere down the line you will end up realising you are not removing hair anymore ebcause your hormones are back to normal.

Hair Removal

I have a little bit of hair and I usually opt for a little bit of shaving. It is cheap, gets good results and if you are careful is free from any risk of infections and rashes though they can happen. Other methods include using hair removal creams (not advised as they smell very bad and leave rashes) or plucking which takes forever.

Other more high tech solutions include electolysis and laser treatment. Both these methods do not work for everyone however and are expensive and can still be painful.

If you ask me shaving and plucking will do for most women and will save you money and time you need for the real way for PCOS hair growth treatment.

PCOS Insulin Resistance Treatment

Stopping the hormonal imbalance is your primary goal. Stopping the excessive flow of testosterone is the only way to stop the hair growth for good and doing so is mroe than a simple action like shaving.

You must change your lifestyle, your eating habits, your exercise habits and also your mental habits.

The 3 main points I continue to tell women are:

  • Eat a healthy diet free from hormones and sugars. The fresher the food the better and the lower the GI the better to help with the bodies problem with blood sugar.
  • Exercise is essential. Many women who have lost just a few pounds have managed to shrug off symptoms of PCOS they thought they were stuck with forever.
  • De-Stress. Stress lowers your immune system and also creates more hormones which interfere with a body already out of control with imbalances. Being less stressed will help your health and well being and if you follow the chain will stop hirsutism too.

All these things and more are outlined in theĀ  recommended guide on this site: Natural Ovarian Cysts Relief Secrets

Miscarriage and PCOS – An Awful Link

miscarriageIn conjunction with my post about help with infertility due to PCOS I also wanted to talk about miscarriage and PCOS which is another reason I dislike taking drugs to get pregnant with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as the condition still remains and continues to be a hazard to mother and child.

Many studies have shown that women who suffer from PCOS no only have issues trying to fall pregnant but also have many problems when pregnant that include miscarriage as a very bad end. The percentage of women who miscarry with polycystic ovary syndrome is quite high with studies going as high as 45-50% which is a massive amount of heartbreak from expecting mothers.

For more information on stopping PCOS in its tracks for a healthy pregnancy visit Ovarian Cysts Cures.

How does PCOS Cause Miscarriage

There may be a combination of different elements that go into this and it can be hard to tell which one may have caused a miscarriage but here are the main reasons.

  • Insulin resistance which is the main problem with PCOS can also have an issue with development of your unborn child. This is because elevated insulin levels can cause problems with clearing blood clots which can lead to the body not being able to supply nutrients and remove toxins causing a breakdown and miscarriage.
  • Luteinizing Hormone hypersecretion is another problem that can happen with PCOS sufferers. This means a certain hormone is overly injected during ovulation causing an early release of the egg which can cause defects which make the pregnancy fail later on and cause miscarriage.
  • Yet another study has also found that a lack of two key proteins in the uterine lining are very low in PCOS sufferers. A study showed that out of 134 women in the study, 12 had miscarriages in the first trimester, and 10 of those 12 had PCOS. It is thought these proteins play a big part in maintaining the embryo.

There are also many other non PCOS factors at play but as you can see the increased risk from having this condition is quite substantial and needs to be understood before you prepare for a child. This is where I get my hatred of taking drugs as a solution also because with so many factors causing miscarriage with PCOS there is no drug that solves all the problems and taking a mixture of pills can mess your hormones up in unforeseen ways and cause other health problems or birth defects.

So what is the solution?

Many women have reported that losing weight before pregnancy has helps with conceiving and carrying a child to birth but the real winner theer was a change in lifestyle that reverse or at least partially stopped PCOS and hormonal imbalance naturally. This is not only good for your future child but good for your own health avoiding things such as diabetes during childbirth (another PCOS hazard) and simply making you feel better …

My sister is currently pregnant with a healthy (and feisty!) baby after she followed an all natural cure for PCOS and so i swear by this method as it also reduced a painful ovarian cyst I had very quickly.

Find out how we overcame ovarian cysts and PCOS naturally here

Help With Infertility Due to PCOS

infertility_sucks_tshirt-p235397982213317873qz00_400Many women need help with infertility due to PCOS because this condition is the leading cause of poor fertility in women from all conditions and diseases. With an estimated one in ten women suffering from PCOS to various degrees this is a lot of women having trouble getting pregnant with PCOS!

What can you do to increase your fertility if you have PCOS though? Obviously completely curing the conditions is the ultimate goal but what specifically causes the infertility that is associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? The basic problem with your body and why it is infertile is because your periods are erratic or non existent and most likely an egg is often not released. This is because of hormone imbalances caused by insulin resistance which stop the right levels of female hormones from supporting a good and healthy menstrual cycle.

There are two methods that you can take to address this. The natural way, or with drugs

… if you have heard my rants against pharmaceutical companies then you may know what one i personally recommend! Click here to find out more on the natural way

There are many drugs that have helped women with PCOS and infertility. Drugs such as Metformin otherwise known as Glucophage help reduce insulin resistance and hormone normalization and others such as human chorionic gonadotrophin or hCG help to directly force the ovaries to release eggs. However all of these options are short term and require you to pump more drugs into your body with an ongoing reliance on them. Some doctors even recommend hormone therapy by pumping you full of estrogen but this is dangerous and does not stop your insulin resistance either so will not help!

I personally believe that short term stop gap measures like these may help some women become pregnant but at the cost of their health and their child’s health!

The other options is a more natural cure. This is a detailed and complex thing that will take some effort but the end results is not a simply opening of a window of opportunity to conceive but instead will eliminate PCOS completely and restore a good menstrual cycle giving you help with infertility due to PCOS and also ridding you of all other PCOS symptoms.

For more information on a natural cure of PCOS visit ‘Ovarian Cysts Cures‘. This guide has helped many women including my own sister reverse PCOS … As of writing this post she is 5 Months pregnant and healthy too.

Foods to Avoid With Ovarian Cysts & PCOS

foods-to-avoidJust a quick follow up to my previous post on PCOS weight loss tips. There are also a number of foods to avoid with ovarian cysts and PCOS not just because some can make you gain weight but they also have further impacts on your condition.

A quick list of foods to avoid are:

  • Processed meat
  • Anything overly processed!
  • Too much dairy
  • Artificial sweeteners – Aspartane and others are quit toxic over time
  • Anything too sugary – Yes this means if you have a sweet tooth you need to adapt somewhat!
  • Hormone ‘enhanced’ chicken and meat – Your hormones are already going through a rough time. Stick to organic alternatives
  • White breads – If you must have bread make sure you use wholemeal not the white stuff that just turns straight to sugar which your body is bad at handling at this point

There are many more but these are some nasty foods to avoid with ovarian cysts and PCOS!

For more on how to shrink your cysts and cure PCOS if you have it visit ‘Ovarian Cysts Cures‘ to discover the information that has helped thousands of women be pain free.

PCOS Weight Loss Tips

Weight Loss Apple (jpg)(1)Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a multifaceted condition that is rooted in lifestyle factors but also your unique genetic makeup. Some women are simply more prone to suffering these problems than others. PCOS weight loss tips however are essential to all women who suffer from this problem because there is convincing links between weight gain and the hormonal imbalances that characterizes PCOS.

This is however a bit of a chicken and egg problem: which came first? The answer is probably both and over time it becomes a nasty cycle. For instance if you gain weight due to lifestyle factors you may trigger the insulin resistance that causes PCOS. However if you trigger PCOS from another reason you will find it easier to put on weight because of the insulin resistance. This means that however it happened carrying a bit of extra weight is a cause and continuing feeder of ovarian cysts and all the other symptoms of PCOS.

For more information on PCOS and weight loss visit ‘Ovarian Cysts Cures

Here are some PCOS weight loss tips that helped myself and my sister lose some weight and form a PCOS weight loss plan.

  • No more soda – These are a real health hazard and will just send sugar into a body that is coping badly with blood sugar. Ditch these as a start to PCOS weight loss.
  • Water down or stop drinking juice – Fruit juices are just loaded with sugars and eliminating these makes a big impact on your blood sugar levels and what gets turned to fat.
  • Stop buying process meat – We pretty much turned into part time vegetarians which helped a lot. Processed meat however was a big thing we ditched. Ham, bacon, salami and the like are packed with sodium and other things we just don’t need a lot of.
  • Drink more water – Hydration is good for detoxification and will help you body stay fit and improve your immune system. I also recommend green tea which has a lot of anti-oxidants.
  • Eat less grains – We have all seen the lie that is the food pyramid with grains as a major part of your diet. This is totally bogus and just a wide reaching scam by grain farmers. Cut down on breads and grains and instead …
  • Eat more vegetables – Hardly a secret but when you drop something off the menu make sure you fill that up with something healthy or you might just fall into an unhealthy trap as a replacement.
  • Walk just 30 minutes a day – No need for strenuous exercise regimes, healthy eating and moderate but consistent exercise can lower your fat and increase your metabolism. The key is consistency and making it a habit.

For a complete guide on how to overcome PCOS including PCOS weight loss shrinking ovarian cysts visit Ovarian Cyst Cures to discover exactly what to eat and many other insights into how to completely cure yourself.

Can Stress Cause Ovarian Cysts or PCOS?

stressStress is something we all have to deal with in our lives but many studies have shown that excessive stress and worry is very bad for our health. With this in mind, can stress cause ovarian cysts or PCOS and if so how?

If you are a highly stressed individual for whatever reasons the outlook is not good because HAS been linked to PCOS and ovarian cysts to varying degrees and it places further pressures upon your body that you do not need.

For more detailed information on stress and ovarian cysts visit ‘Natural Ovarian Cysts Relief Secrets

The reason for this that chronic high levels of stress cause hormone imbalances that are the root cause of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and can lead to the enlargement of swollen cysts to extremely large proportions. This is because a female hormone called pregnenolone is needed to cope with prolonged stress and is diverted from the usual body pathways and this leads to a female hormones fluctuating and over or under producing what is needed to maintain a healthy and normal menstrual cycles which in turn leads to the root causes of ovarian cysts and PCOS.

Other related stress problems

Stress does not only cause hormonal imbalance but also lowers your immune system which is another problem that leads to more illness and infections in your body. This usually makes you even more stressed and so a viscous cycle of poor health, fluctuating hormones and continued stress places a massive toll on your body which can lead to weight gain which is another problem directly related to ovarian cysts and PCOS in particular. If you are genetically inclined carrying a bit more weight can lead to insulin resistance and even diabetes all which play a major role in unbalancing your hormones any further.

Does Reducing Stress Stop PCOS and Ovarian Cysts?

Stress is a big factor but it is not the entire puzzle of ovarian cysts and polycystic ovary syndrome. There are many other factors genetic and lifestyle that contribute to the overall conditions. This being said, reducing stress WILL make an improvement and aid towards a reversal of PCOS and shrinking of the cysts.

How to de-stress is an endless topic and often very personal in nature so my advice is to make sure you know what stresses are impacting on you and work to reduce them in whatever way you can. Also make sure to simply take time out no matter how busy you are to take part of stress reliving activities as every small step you take away from the whirling chaos and stress of life helps your body to normalize and get your hormones under control.

For a complete guide on how to stop stress and all other factors that cause PCOS and cysts visit Ovarian Cyst Cures to find out what has worked for thousands of women who are now pain free and have normalized hormone levels.