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If you ever come across Melissa Ramos, she has been working wonders with PCOS. It is her belief that PCOS is a form of excess Candida and that insulin resistance and sugar addiction feed the hormone imbalance in combination with stress fuel the problems associated with PCOS. It makes sense to me mainly because I know that I am addicted to sugar.

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3/4/14 12:58 P

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I think our bodies don't handle food correctly. To me I have always kind of thought of it as a form of diabetes. I know in my body when I eat sugar or processed foods it just can't handle it. Having a high level of insulin in your bloodstream eventually makes your ovaries and adrenal glands over-produce male sex hormones. I start gaining weight when I hit puberty and my PCOS become really apparent. Before that I was a normal sized kid.

What I hate is how they lump us all together. Like one fix for all women with PCOS. I know a lot of women don't bleed when they have PCOS but I have the opposite problem. It is really hard for me to get my period to stop.

I have wanted to cry each time a doctor has told me to lose weight as the only cure. I was so grateful when I found a really good doctor who has listened and worked with me. Together we have got my periods almost regulated and combining that with exercise/low carb diet has worked wonders for me. I am no longer anemic and I am controlling the symptoms. It kind of makes up for each time a doctor looked at me like being fat was my choice!!!



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3/2/14 11:11 P

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How very interesting RawSunshine! I have heard from a few women who experienced something similar and, so far, inexplicable. I would love to know what causes such a strange paradoxical effect to a few women with PCOS when they take metformin, but I've yet to see anything in the scientific literature and it really doesn't make sense.

A study was published a few months ago that found that metformin could dysregulate FSH receptors, negatively effecting fertility, in some people, so that probably explains why my cycle disappeared for 3.5 years when I tried metformin the first time and a year when I tried it for a second time a couple of years ago to make sure it wasn't just a strange coincidence.

I'm glad you found my site informative. If you have any questions just ask. I'm here to help.

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3/1/14 6:15 A

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Belrosa, I am just the same as you! I started off as a thin cyster, but after a couple of months on Metformin my weight started to feel like it was out of my control. Insulin resistance definitely has to have something to do with it all. Thank you for all the information on your website!

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9/9/13 10:57 P

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Some research earlier this year found a genetic defect that is common to both PCOS and insulin resistance. This is good news because it pushes us further towards finding more of the answers to successfully treating PCOS. Most cysters would agree we have a long way to go in this respect!!

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For me at least, the PCOS caused the weight gain. I started off as a thin-cyster with a semi-regular cycle, then when I was put on metformin, I started gaining weight like crazy and all the other delightful symptoms showed up (well some of them).

Some doctors might be slow in keeping up to date with the current research, but amongst the scientific community there is a growing consensus about what causes PCOS: www.mypcos.info/1/what_is_pcos/what-
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There is definitely an inflammatory component, research is showing that. I would not be surprised if gluten or other sensitivities play a major role for a lot of women.

Whilst PCOS is a genetic condition at it's most fundamental, it is possible to 'bring it on' through a poor diet and lifestyle. This is the case for some women but not all. Some will have PCOS no matter how virtuous their diet and exercise program, others will only develop symptoms if they eat very poorly.

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Personally, I believe that gluten sensitivity is one of the main causes of PCOs. The chronic low grade inflammation eventually adversely affects the endocrine system.

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5/4/13 5:39 P

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I agree with you! I have a few thin friends with pcos who have terrible infertility issues. They do not struggle with the weight problems that I have. I wonder if they will in the future??? I have always struggled with my weight. I can honestly eat half of what my friends eat and still not lose weight. I am not staying that to whine about it. It is just a truth that makes me work harder in the exercise department. It seems that exercise for me plays a much bigger role in the process of losing weight than diet though I do work on both.
The best thing I have found to control the symptoms of pcos is to go gluten free. I can not always stick to it but it certainly makes me feel so much better when I do stick to it. I have yet to hear a doctor tell me that GF is good for pcos. I don't think they really know much and I think pcos plays out differently for every woman who has it. Good luck in finding what works best for you!

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5/4/13 4:43 P

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Doctors can't make up their mind about what causes PCOS. They are all on different pages.
My Endocrinologist says PCOS causes weight gain. The Ob/Gyn said that having excess weight was the cause of PCOS.

I disagree. I truly believe PCOS causes weight issues. If it was the other way around, why would women who are thin suffer from this condition?

I know a lot of women say they didn't have symptoms until they were overweight but that doesn't mean the condition wasn't just sitting there within their bodies silently the entire time

I think the medical community can't honestly figure out the cause so they blame it on us, on our weight. Everything is blamed on weight. "It's because you too fat." "It's because your too thin." So ridiculous! I think they think we just want to blame our weight on something but that is not true. I don't care how long those doctors went to school or where. I live with my body so I would know the truth about it.

I STRONGLY feel if I didn't have PCOS, I wouldn't be as significantly overweight.


What do you think?



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