the amount you need is what works, up to a point. to much and it can give problems so there's an upper limit. your doctor is your best reference for that.
what to do about the hunger.
One of PCOS's identifying markers is insulin resistance. your cells resist all the insulin present in the blood stream and therefore your body makes more insulin to try to get rid of the high levels of glucose because those high levels of glucose damage the cells, esp the delicate cells in the tiny capilaries such as at the back of the eyes, in the liver, Kidneys and fingertips and tips of toes.
one of metformin's actions is to reduce your cell's resistance to insulin, allowing the insulin to insert the glucose into the cells, (reducing the serum glucose in the blood stream.. when there is less glucose floating around in your bloodstream, you have need of less insulin to try to shove it into the cells so your body makes less.
Insulin's other action is to tell you your hungry, so the hungrier you are, the more insulin is floating around in your blood stream.
So how do you reduce your insulin levels in the blood stream so your not so hungry so often or so long? reduce the carbs so you reduce the blood glucose levels which means you need less insulin to shove it into the cells and you won't be as hungry.
this is why a low carb diet has been considered the best diet for PCOS for over 10 years and is now advocated for diabetics as well.
Edited to include:
you know, I forgot to mention in my first post. reducing carbs also is said to INCREASE cell sensitivity to the insulin you DO produce, so that should aid in hunger management as well and hopefully protect you from diabetes.
And another way to increase sensitivity is to..... EXERCISE!!
so, we should eat a low carb diet, EXERCISE and if the doctor prescribes, take metformin and PERHAPS you won't get diabetes, and if you do it should come on later
hope this helps, Kitty
Edited by: KITTYF54 at: 2/24/2011 (09:37)
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