I have PCOS with insulin resistance as well. The thing that seems to have helped me is to quit drinking soda's (except on special occasions), switching from white bread to whole wheat, and not eating as many sweets.
I know that it is supposed to be harder for those of us with PCOS and insulin resistance to lose weight, but that looks like it has been the biggest thing that has helped me. My doctor monitors my sugar level, thyroid, cholesterol, etc. once every 6 months. I had it checked earlier this month and when I went in for the follow-up, I told my doctor that I knew my sugar level would be higher because I'd been eating too many cookies (being around family members that have a sweet tooth sucks). When she was reading off my number for the sugar, I asked her what it meant because I always forget the word she uses for the sugar. She laughed and said, "You basically told on yourself." My sugar level had been better this time than it was 6 months ago (well it had been a little longer than 6 months, but I digress). I told her that I had eaten more foods with too much sugar before this testing than I had in the previous testing. I then asked her if losing more weight had helped (I had dropped a good bit of weight between the testings) and she said that it definitely helped because the body wasn't making as much insulin.
I have PCOS as well. My doctor recommended a diet similar to that of a diabetic - lower carbs, particularly starches and sugars, is the most effective. I learned recently that I have a thyroid issue as well, so I have an appointment with an endocrinologist and a dietitian in a couple of weeks - I'm hoping to learn a lot, and recommend looking into it yourself!
There's a lot of great advice on the internet, but there's a lot of crap advice, too - go with a medical professional! Typically, insurance will cover it with certain diagnosis codes, so you can check with your insurance provider and the doctor's office to make sure it's billed correctly.
I also was recently diagnosed with PCOS. My doctor recommended me to start the south beach diet. From what I read in the book, it is not a low carb diet it is a low glycemic index diet. So far it has been pretty easy to follow. There is no calorie or fat restricting which contributes to the easiness.
I was diagnosed with PCOS about 3 years ago. I've found that avoiding starches has been incredibly helpful. The other foods that bother me, and other PCOS'ers I've talked to, tend to be anything high fat. So I avoid full fat dairy, pizza, and fried food almost entirely because I notice a huge difference in my well being when I eat those types of food. When you do eat carbs, try to pair them with a protein. It helps level out your hormones and hunger responses.
There are tons of great resources out there, but a dietician was very helpful for me.
Edited by: ETROYER12 at: 1/4/2014 (20:39)
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I agree with sunshine and others who recommend educating yourself about carbs, blood glucose, and insulin. The truth about grains is definitely available, well documented/researched, and worth reading.
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It is not necessary to avoid gluten, but consuming a reduced amount of carbohydrates will help you. Avoid sugar, white flour and white rice. Most of your carbs should come from whole grains, vegetables, dairy and fruit.
Eating at the low end of your Spark-recommended range for carbs is a good place to start.
Hopefully your medical provider has provided a referral to a Registered Dietitian with your new diagnosis. If not, contact the office and request one. They can help you with meal planning guidelines specific to your needs. In the mean time, this information related to Type 2 diabetes can be very helpful to get you started.
Many doctors consider a diabetic diet to prevent complications of your PCOS so call your health care provider and do get a referral to see a registered dietician... meantime go real easy on the typical staple foods like pasta, potatoes, bread...eat lower carb vegetables that are also full of vitamins and digest slower so that you don't end up with high blood sugar. High amounts of salt and sugar are bad too. Rye Bread does not spike blood sugar because of the way sugars are absorbed into the body.
Educate yourself about basic nutrition components like carbs, fat, and protein
With your recent diagnosis did they refer you to a dietitian as well? That's really who needs to be recommending your diet going forward, as they have your medical history and the knowledge to work with that. Honestly, a message board just isn't qualified to help with managing medical conditions.
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