By: Annie Thorp, RD, LD
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome…..Polycys what??, you might ask. The name goes right over one’s head, it’s true, but Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is nevertheless becoming a more widely known one in the world of women’s health. As many as 10% of America’s women have this syndrome- a hormonal imbalance as well as insulin resistance (the same condition also present in type 2 diabetics). Many women don’t realize the list of undesirable symptoms they’re suffering from are all tied to one frustrating diagnosis- PCOS. Common symptoms include unwanted hair growth on the face, chest, or thighs, male-pattern baldness or hair loss, difficulty losing weight, irregular menstrual cycles, acne, abdominal obesity (“apple” shape weight distribution), insulin resistance, infertility, and ovarian cysts.
Thankfully, as unpleasant as these things may sound, there is great success to be had with correct treatment. A combination of a specific eating plan, exercise, and medication can make a tremendous difference in the life of a woman with PCOS, leading to greater success with weight loss, more energy, and improvement in hormone levels. If you’re interested in learning more or meeting with a dietitian specializing in PCOS, please call us to schedule an appointment!