I"m so excited that you guys are talking about this. I have PCOS and was recently diagnosed with an allergy to gluten and hypothroidism. Since going gluten free (GF) and starting on my thyroid medication, I've started lose weight and I'm feeling much better.
I was thinking it might be as simple as eating low GI foods that was the connection. Oat bread or porridge instead of white toast, for breakfast. That kind of thing. Would love to know more about the complex chemical interactions you are talking about MLGreenW. Can you point me in the right direction?
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Definite connection. Wheat can add to the hormonal imbalance in our body because of the way our body processes. Can't remember off the top of my head, but I think it ends up like a pseudo-estrogen that attatches to estrogen receptors causing real estrogen to not be used which we with PCOS need. I can't cite this all correctly for sure, but I do know that wheat can worsen PCOS. And, hpothyroidism has been shown to be linked to PCOS. Pretty much if you have one endocrine problem such as PCOS, you are at risk for others. I ended up having my thyroid killed with radiation for Grave's disease. There are a lot of other problems associated with PCOS, heart palpitations, insomnia, adrenal fatigue, etc. Even suggestions that there is a link with PCOS and fibromyalgia. Lucky us, huh?:)
That's very interesting... I'm going to google it! I just bought some books online about pcos, including one cook book. I am hoping it may shed some light on the best plan of attack in terms of getting my pcos under control! I was only diagnosed in November, so this is all new to me!
Has anyone else made a connection between having these three issues?? My cousin was diagnosed with Celiac disease (allergy to wheat/gluten) and has told me that ever since she has started living gluten free her PCOS symptoms have disappeared. Just thought it was worth a mention since I know we (those of us with PCOS) often get frustrated with the kooky things that PCOS brings.
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