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Hi Lisobons Lady,
I know exactly where you are coming from. Although I have a background in both naturopathic and conventional healthcare, I prefer to take the natural route when possible.
There are plenty of things you can do naturally to improve your insulin sensitivity. I have put a lot of information together in a website: www.mypcos.info
Natural Treatments are here:
Top of the list I would recommend things like D Chiro Inositol, Gymnema Sylvestre & Chromium.
If you have any questions after you've had a look through the site, feel free to email me, I'm happy to help any way I can.
I have a website with loads of PCOS info www.mypcos.info Please stop by!
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Thank you everyone for all your thoughts and ideas... i've been dealing with PCOS for so long, managing syptoms like hair and acne and others that even tho I knew heart disease and diabetes could be on the horizon, i didn't take it as seriously as i should have...
I'm not a medication person at all so i'm doing a lot of research on supplements and working to develop a natural/holistic treatment plan... be sure to update everyone with what I find
At least 8 pounds by Labor Day!
Insulin Resistance is one of the main triggers/causes of PCOS, and if left untreated/undetected it often leads into Type 2 Diabetes. There IS a form of Type 1 Diabetes that occurs in adulthood, that can't be prevented (the body slowly attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas - it sounds like this could be what you had Nxswolfwalker...), but for most of us it CAN be treated and controlled.
IR is also directly responsible for high levels of triglycerides (a form of cholesterol), too. I've heard that you can have IR for about 10 - 15 years before your blood sugar levels start to climb, so really, there's a lot of damage that has to happen before your body just can't deal with it anymore! This is why I would highly recommend you be agressive with your Pre-Diabetes management.
Metformin is one of the mildest medications out there in terms of serious side effects. It has a unique job in that it is one of the few medications that will actually help your body use it's insulin more efficiently, rather than just help your body make more of it (which is what most other diabetes meds do). This tackles IR DIRECTLY!
Although some people do feel very sick on it, for most people it's a passing thing while they adjust, and it's better if you slowly ramp up the dosage. Foods that are higher in fats and/or processed sugars/starches will tend to trigger the stomach upset (as will lettuce, for some reason). You do need to plan on eating something every 2 - 3 hours, but that's recommended anyways for IR control. Always try to have a source of protein and/or high fibre with every meal/snack. High fibre is a good leveler of blood sugar, too, as it binds to the more easily-digested starches/sugars and slows down their digestion. If you are one of the (lucky?) people who does still get sick from Metformin, try taking the Extended Release version (or regular version if you're already taking Met ER). People seem to do better on one or the other.
As for Byetta, I don't know a lot about it. It does seem to be a pretty good medication, I just haven't come across it as often.
The good news - treating the IR will help you to unlock the ability to lose weight in combination with the healthy lifestyle changes. As your body gets more in-line, your PCOS symptoms should start to ease off, and you will start feeling a LOT better!!! As you lose weight and get control over your IR, you may eventually be able to reduce your medications. Some of us are lucky in that, after getting back in balance and staying in balance, they are able to maintain just by using a healthy lifestyle. Others aren't as lucky, but you won't know until you get to that point. In the meantime, take control over your health by taking control over your IR. IR and PCOS ARE a pain in the butt, but they CAN be managed!
Take care, and HTH!!!
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(Diploma in Massage Therapy, with Honours from the Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage)
I was told about a year ago that i was a strong candidate for diabetes Type 2 and I have really high cholesterol. I eat pretty healthy so I'm not sure what to do really. I guess I will just take it day by day.
God Bless everyone and Good Luck on your journey's and may God be with you :) Check out my journey on YouTube!! www.youtube.com/stacey353
I'm IR, but my A1c has never been over 8, which is still under pretty good control. I've been on Metformin, and had no problems. My doctor started me out slow, and then increased the dosage gradually, but I never had any problems. I took it for a couple years, then lost 60 pounds and didn't need it because me blood sugar was completely under control. After gaining the weight back, my blood sugar has gone back up. I also was on Byetta for awhile, when it very first came out. I can't tell you whether it helped a lot, because at that point, I was in denial. I didn't do any of what I was supposed to do. Talk to your doctor, and try things, if they don't work, try something else. I understand if you don't want to take a lot of medicines, but when it comes to blood sugar, don't mess around! If you need medicine to get it under control, do it! :-)
Nothing tastes as good as thin feels!
We can either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same. Carlos Casteneda
I'm IR too and have tried metaformin. For me it made me sick. It didn't matter how much I took, always nausea and then actual vomiting. Not saying don't take it. I've know others that were very successful results, I'm still working on the correct dosage.
"Eventually all the pieces will fall into place. Until then laugh at the confusion, live for the moment,and just know that everything happens for a reason."
I was told I was IR right after I was told I had PCOS .. 6 months later i was told I was also now on top of being IR was also a type 2 diabetic
I had tried treating the IR with just working out extra and eating well - but it didn't stop me becoming type 2 on top of it ... then 6 years later just as I though I had it all under control when it comes to my Blood Glucose levels and what not, I get sent for a loop, I get put on Insulin because my body needed it a year later I am almost insulin dependent (not type 1 yet, but am told it might be only time before it happens - sighs). Yet I have tried everything to keep it under check - my mom was diabetic for almost 30 years yet she managed to reverse being one by diet and working out alone, no medications what so ever.
Sometimes, despite doing everything in ones power to change and do it right it just isn't enough - but there is always hope that it will be the case.
PCOS might have cost me part of my health but it doesn't have me.
Cals Burned for 6 years = 2,359,000
6 years Deficit Total = 1,729,800
Should have lost: 250 to 495 pounds
Actual loss = 139 lbs and 50 inches from core
I've had PCOS for awhile but only recently did i have my blood sugar go way up to close to diabetes range... and that totally got my attention..
so i went to a new doc, pcos specialist Dr. Sherif in Philly (well worth the trip to see her!) and she suggested Metformin and Byetta...
but i am wondering if anyone else out there decided to and/or had success with treating this with other means... supplements? just diet and exercise? i am doing a lot of reading on pre and regular diabetes and as usual it's a lot of info and it's not all consistent...
I am not a medication person, as much as my frustration with my weight and the other pcos symptoms has me almost to the point that i'll take anything, but the more research i do, the more i see the meds have issues of their own... side effects, or that they only work while on them, if they work at all, etc, seems to just be another set of problems i don't need...
i mean i'm really not trying to change seats on the titanic, kwim?
anyway, was looking for anyone's feedback as to what they did while i put a plan together...
thanks in advance...
At least 8 pounds by Labor Day!