Wildflower Happy Belated Birthday! Your insulin levels should be closely monitored if you have PCOS. Right after I was diagnosed PCOS (16 years ago) I was also diagnosed borderline diabetic and have to go in for blood work once a month to monitor my insulin levels. When my weight was at it's highest my insulin levels were into the diabetic range. All the research and studies I have read do recommend a low GI diet for PCOS because of the degree in which insulin levels spike and crash in PCOS patients.
I have been to 3 docs, all tell me I have pcos but never check my insulin resistance, I didn't see this topic on the 7th because it was my birthday, I didn't have cake but my kids and i made some very, healthy blueberry muffins. We had a cook out and a bike ride, it was a great day.
The current research does suggest that a low carb (or low GI) diet can ease insulin resistance. My doctor (who is an endocrinologist and one of the leading experts on PCOS) has his PCOS patients work with a nutritionist and change to a low carb diet as part of a comprehensive treatment program. While his study data on PCOS patients (the program is currently tracking somewhere around 6,000 patients) suggests that a low-carb diet can help ease symptoms in some patients, there has been no comprehensive answer yet - by his or any other respectable program publishing medically reviewed results.
Articles like this can be good in raising awareness on PCOS; however, I agree with the posts that there isn't a lot of scientific data cited here to back up the claims.
Also, while up to 10% of women MAY have PCOS and many may not be diagnosed - please keep in mind that many physicians diagnose PCOS simply because they can't figure out what else could possibly be wrong with a patient. Or they don't do adequate screening for other conditions with similar symptoms. As it is a catch-all phrase for a set of conditions with varying symptoms, it seems to me like you can't assume that a catch-all solution will work.
Just my $0.02 - not intending to offend anyone, of course! I personally have better luck losing weight when I can stick to a lower carb program. But everyone is different.
I don't have insulin resistance according to all of the tests I've taken and I've read that it's not good for a woman trying to concieve to go on a low carb high protein diet unless they are in fact diabetic.
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His numbers are not statistically or scientifically relevant and he isn't telling women anything that if you have been diagnosed with PCOS and done any research on your own you probably don't already know! Might be helpful for women that haven't been diagnosed and that are having fertility issues to see and become aware of the issue though.
It is nice to see that PCOS is in the "spotlight" so to speak. I have read in medical journals that up to 10% of the female population may have PCOS and that the majority of them do not even know it!
Yes, not a big enough pool to be scientifically relevant HOWEVER, the key here is that it has been scientifically proven that Insulin Resistance (http://www.ivf.com/pcostreat.html) is the cause of PCOS and getting IR under control (via weightloss reaching your ideal weight, healthy diet, exercise and medications if necessary) will reverse the affects of PCOS... there is hope!!!
FYI... USA Weekend (Sat. 7/7/07)... Obesity encourages insulin resistance and PCOS - conditions that can lead to infertility. "higher insulin levels lead to more fat storage and disurupt proper ovarian hormone production," says reproductive endocrinologist Laurence Jacobs, M.D. His program, X2 Fit and Fertile (x2fitandfertile.com), helps women correct insulin resistance with weight loss. Through use of a weighted vest, a low carb diet and in some cases medication, the program has had a 50% success rate.
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