Wednesday, December 1, 2010

WHITE RICE, PCOS AND DIABETES

Some of you eat a lot of white rice, while others don't. Does it make any difference?


The fact is that what you eat has a huge impact on polycystic ovary syndrome. Rice is one example.

The National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Japan has just reported that women have an elevated risk of getting diabetes if they eat a lot of white rice. The center studied 33,622 women and found that those who ate the most white rice had 2.5 times the risk of developing diabetes as compared to those who ate the least amount of white rice.

This is relevant to you because diabetes and PCOS have a common root cause, namely insulin resistance. So, if white rice increases the risk of diabetes, it's logical to think that the same is true of PCOS.

The reason that white rice is a problem is that it's a refined carbohydrate. In contrast, brown rice is unrefined.

No matter whether you are lean or overweight, any refined carbohydrate won't help you to control and minimize polycystic ovary syndrome. In fact, these carbs take your further away from a solution.

If you habitually eat white rice, try switching to brown rice instead as a start.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Treatment of Insulin Resistance

Increase exercise. Exercise is proven to reduce insulin problems.


Improve your diet.

•Switch from refined carbohydrates to a complex carbohydrate, low glycemic diet

•High ratio of soluble fiber to insoluble fiber.

•Improve quality of fat

◦Avoid saturated fat

◦Avoid trans fats

◦Increase monosaturated oils

◦Increase omega 3 oils (fish, flax).

•Smaller, more frequent meals.

•Reduce alcohol intake.

•Have mixed meals of carbohydrate, protein and fat.

Some herbs may help with insulin problems:

•Bitter melon (momardica charantia)

•Goats rue (galega officinalis)

•Gymnema

If you want specific professional advice about a supplement or herbal program , you may with to consult with a naturopathic physician. http://www.naturopathic.org/

PCOS and Metformin- The Benefits and the Risk

Metformin  is a drug that your doctor may have prescribed for you if you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).  It is has been used to help control blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 Diabetes. Although Glucophage has been used in Europe for over 25 years, it was not available in the US until 1995. The FDA has approved metformin only for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. Consequently, some physicians don't have much clinical experience with Glucophage, or are reluctant to use it unless the patient has diabetes.(1)


Metformin appears to work in three ways. First, it decreases the absorption of dietary carbohydrates through the intestines.


Second, it reduces the production of glucose by the liver. The liver uses the raw material in your food to create a reserve supply of blood sugar. When your body experiences stress, the liver releases the reserve glucose to supply your brain and muscles with an immediate source of energy to cope with the stress. Glucophage suppresses the production of this reserve fuel.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, metformin increases the sensitivity of muscle cells to insulin. Insulin is the hormone that delivers glucose into your cells to be burned as fuel, or stored. Women with PCOS frequently have "insulin resistance", a condition where excessive amounts of insulin are required in order to get blood glucose moved into cells, where it belongs. Glucophage helps your body to transport glucose with relatively less insulin, thus lowering your insulin levels. Chronically high levels of either glucose or insulin in your blood contributes to obesity, heart disease, infertility, and certain cancers, as well as the development of diabetes.

Benefits of Metformin (Glucophage)


LOWERING OF INSULIN, TESTOSTERONE, AND GLUCOSE LEVELS. Quite a number of studies indicate Glucophage reduces insulin, testosterone and glucose levels -- which reduces acne, hirsutism, abdominal obesity, amenorrhea and other symptoms. In one study conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University, 24 obese PCOS women were given metformin or placebo. The 11 women who received the metformin experienced a reduction in insulin levels, which slowed the activity of an enzyme in the ovaries that stimulates excess production of testosterone. As a result, testosterone levels also dropped.

Glucophage appears to do the same for non-obese PCOS women, according to a study from the University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland. Thirty nine PCOS women were given Glucophage for 12 weeks. They had improvements in insulin, testosterone, hirsutism and acne.

PREVENTION OR DELAY OF ONSET OF DIABETES. Glucophage may help to prevent diabetes, according to a study at George Washington University. In this study, 3,234 non-diabetics with elevated blood glucose were given metformin, placebo, or lifestyle recommendations. The incidence of diabetes in the metformin group was 31% less than in the placebo group.

RESTORATION OF NORMAL MENSTRUAL CYCLE. A number of studies have shown that menstruation can be restored in many women with PCOS. For example, in a study at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, 43 women who were not having periods took Glucophage, and 39 of them resumed normal menses. In another study at Jewish Hospital, 11 teenage girls with PCOS were put on metformin and a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. Ten of the 11 girls resumed regular periods.


IMPROVED CHANCE OF PREGNANCY. A study of 48 women with PCOS and infertility was conducted at the Baylor College of Medicine. They were first given metformin and 19 of them resumed menstruating and showed indications of ovulation. But 10 required clomiphene (a fertility drug) in addition to metformin in order to show evidence of ovulation. Twenty women of the 48 (42%) became pregnant. However, 7 of the 20 miscarried.

REDUCED RISK OF MISCARRIAGE. Another aspect of PCOS-related infertility is the tendency for repeated miscarriages. A study from the Hospital de Clinicas Caracas in Venezuela looked at 65 women who received Glucophage during their pregnancies vs. 31 who did not. The early pregnancy (first trimester) loss rate in the metformin group was 8.8% as compared to a 41.9% loss in the untreated group. Of those women who previously had miscarried, 11.1% of the metformin group miscarried again, while 58.3% of the untreated group again miscarried. 


REDUCED RISK OF GESTATIONAL DIABETES. In another study at Jewish Hospital in Cincinatti, gestational diabetes risk was evaluated in two groups of PCOS women. The first group was 33 non-diabletic women who had conceived while taking metformin or took it during their pregnancy. This group was compared to a group of 39 PCOS women who did not take it. Only 3% of the metformin group developed gestational diabetes as compared to 31% in the non-metformin group.

WEIGHT LOSS AND OTHER BENEFITS. Metformin may contribute to weight loss in some diabetics. However, weight loss does not appear to be one of its primary benefits. Glucophage may also be of some value improving success with in vitro fertilization, lowering cholesterol, and improving energy.

Side Effects of Metformin (Glucophage)


MALAISE. 10%- 25% of women who take Glucophage just don't feel well. They experience a general malaise, fatigue and occasional achiness that lasts for varying lengths of time. Malaise a signal for the physician to closely monitor body systems affected by metformin, including liver, kidneys, and GI tract. A blood count should be taken from time to time, because metformin can induce B vitamin insufficiencies that can lead to a form of anemia.

GI DISTURBANCE. About one third of women on metformin experience gastrointestinal disturbances, including nausea, occasional vomiting and loose, more frequent bowel movements, or diarrhea. This problem occurs more often after meals rich in fats or sugars. The symptoms lessen over time, so if you can tolerate the GI upset for a few weeks, it may go away. Some women have found it helps to start with a very low dose and gradually increase it.

VITAMIN B12 MALABSORPTION. Of patients who take this drug, 10%-30% show evidence of reduced vitamin B12 absorption. A substance formed in the stomach called "intrinsic factor" combines with B12 so that it can be transferred into the blood. Metformin interferes with the ability of your cells to absorb this intrinsic factor-vitamin B12 complex.


Over the long term, vitamin B12 insufficiency is a significant health risk. B12 is essential to the proper growth and function of every cell in your body. It's required for synthesis of DNA and for many crucial biochemical functions. There is also a link between B12 insufficiency and cardiovascular disease.

At least one study raises the concern that even if metformin is withdrawn, the vitamin B12 malabsorption may continue in some people. The apparent cause is continued problems with availability of intrinsic factor, which is required for B12 absorption.

ELEVATED HOMOCYSTEINE. People who take Glucophage tend to have higher homocysteine levels. Women with PCOS also tend to have elevated homocysteine.


Homocysteine is an amino acid in the blood. A normal amount is OK. But an elevated level means that your metabolic processes are not working properly. Elevated homocysteine is associated with coronary artery disease, heart attack, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, cognitive impairment, and cervical cancer. 

Vitamin B12, along with vitamin B6 and folic acid (another B vitamin), is responsible for metabolizing homocysteine into less potentially harmful substances. Therefore, when metformin reduces absorption of vitamin B12, you lose one of the nutrients needed to reduce homocysteine and thus reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

ELEVATED HOMOCYSTEINE & PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS. Pre-eclampsia is a complication of pregnancy characterized by increasing blood pressure and edema. If left untreated, pre-ecampsia can lead to eclampsia, a serious condition that puts you and your baby at risk. In a study conducted at the Center for Perinatal Studies at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, a second trimester elevation of homocysteine was associated with a 3.2 fold increased risk of pre-eclampsia.

Ovarian follicular fluid contains detectable amounts of homocysteine along with B12, B6, and folic acid. The follicular fluid provides nourishment to the egg by facilitating transport of nutrients from blood plasma. High levels of homocysteine as well as an insufficiency of B vitamins may adversely influence the process of fertilization and early fetal development.

PREGNANCY WARNING. Many women use metformin in their pursuit of a successful pregnancy. However, Glucophage is a category B drug, meaning its safety for use while pregnant has not been established. It is found in breast milk so it's not advisable to breast feed while taking Glucophage.


ANEMIA. By preventing optimal absorption of vitamins B12 and folic acid, metformin could induce or contribute to megaloblastic anemia. Megaloblastic anemia occurs when your bone marrow doesn't have enough B vitamins to manufacture red blood cells. Your bone marrow then releases immature and dysfunctional red blood cells into circulation.

Although anemia is not common among people taking metformin, it remains a risk for those whose B12 and folic acid levels were already low when metformin therapy was started.

LIVER OR KIDNEY PROBLEMS. If you have liver or kidney problems of any kind, metformin could pose a problem, because it alters liver function and is excreted through the kidneys. A healthy liver and kidneys will improve your outcome with metformin. Liver and kidney function should be assessed before starting metformin and rechecked at least once a year while taking it. A blood chemistry screen and a complete blood count will tell your physician how well your system is doing with this drug.


BILE ABNORMALITIES. Bile is produced by the liver, stored in the gallbladder, and secreted into the intestines in order to absorb fats into the bloodstream. One possible reason for the GI problems is that metformin reduces normal reabsorption of bile from the intestines back into the bloodstream, which causes elevated bile salt concentrations in the colon. Most studies suggest that colonic bile salts cause free radical damage to DNA and may contribute to colon cancer.


In addition, bile acids may stimulate cells in the colon to produce leukotriene B4 (LTB4), a highly inflammatory substance. LTB4 would be a contributor to any intestinal inflammatory condition. Byproducts of bacterial action on bile salts may lead to intestinal cell damage and absorption of "foreign" molecules such as food or bacteria particles into the bloodstream, possibly causing allergies and other immune responses.

Moreover, many PCOS women have switched to a high-protein diet. If that protein consists of beef and other meats, bile acid concentration in the intestines is increased. A diet high in meats is also linked to a higher risk of colon cancer.

What to Do if You Are Taking Metformin

IMPROVE YOUR DIET AND INCREASE EXERCISE. If you improve your diet and increase your level of exercise, you may be able to reduce or eventually eliminate your Glucophage therapy.


According to recently published results from the Diabetes Prevention Program, exercise and diet changes are more effective than metformin in preventing diabetes. This study divided 3,234 non-diabetics with elevated blood glucose into 3 groups. One group was given metformin but no diet or lifestyle education and support. The second group was given only diet and lifestyle education and support (no metformin). The third group received a placebo and no diet or lifestyle support.

After 2.8 years in the study, the incidence of diabetes in the placebo group was 11 per 100 people. In the metformin group, the incidence was only 7.8 per 100 people. But the diet/lifestyle group had the best results of all: only 4.8 of every 100 developed diabetes. In other words, diet and exercise were 38% more effective than metformin in preventing diabetes in high-risk people.

Other studies have shown that reducing weight and increasing exercise improves ovulation rates and reduces male hormone levels. There's no question that healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle habits will significantly improve PCOS-related health problems, as well as reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

CONSIDER SPECIAL NUTRIENT THERAPY. There are herbs, vitamins and minerals, and other specialty natural foods and supplements that have effects similar to Glucophage. These nutrients have an excellent safety record and are a valuable complement to regular exercise and healthy diet.

As a first step, we suggest you protect yourself from the potential malabsorption and loss of B vitamins that are needed to control homocysteine and to keep you healthy by taking a high-quality B-complex vitamin.

Blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, and male hormone levels can be favorably influenced by chromium, vitamin E, certain fish oils, magnesium, CoQ10, zinc, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), biotin, certain amino acids, and soluble fiber from particular plants.(31-35)

An important potential alternative to metformin is d-chiro-inositol. A form of the B vitamin inositol, d-chiro-inositol increases the action of insulin in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. It improves ovulatory function and decreases male hormones, triglycerides and blood pressure.(36)

D-chiro-inositol is fairly hard to find and extremely expensive. Fortunately, d-pinitol, a derivative of d-chiro-inositol, is easily available at a lower price.

While on Glucophage, you should seriously consider taking a high-quality multiple vitamin & mineral supplement as well as extra calcium, magnesium and vitamin D.

As a first step, we suggest you protect yourself from the potential malabsorption and loss of B vitamins that are needed to control homocysteine and to keep you healthy by taking a high-quality B-complex vitamin.

Blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, and male hormone levels can be favorably influenced by chromium, vitamin E, certain fish oils, magnesium, CoQ10, zinc, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), biotin, certain amino acids, and soluble fiber from particular plants.

 
















 

Insuline Resistance and PCOS- what you need to know

Insulin Resistance, has many factors that contribute to its presence in the body.

 Some people may also have a genetic predisposition to Insulin Resistance, while others develop the condition through high stress and unhealthy lifestyles.  Clinicians now think that insulin resistance is a primary cause or trigger of PCOS.



Insulin Resistance reduces the insulin sensitivity of you cell walls. Glucose has to pass through those cell walls to be converted into energy. Insulin assists this process. But when the cells wall have become de-sensitized to insulin by Insulin resistance, the process can break down.


Glucose "bounces" off the cell wall, instead of passing through the insulin door to be burned as energy. With the cell door almost closed to it, glucose remains in the blood stream, causing elevated levels of blood sugar, which are sent to the liver. Once there, the sugar is converted into fat and stored via the blood stream throughout the body. This process can lead to weight gain and obesity, key factors in creating Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

The second way that Insulin Resistance causes PCOS is by raising insulin levels in the blood stream. Unhealthy lifestyles and genetic conditions cause the pancreas to overproduce insulin. The de-sensitized cell is, in turn, overwhelmed by this excess insulin and an excess of insulin "rejected" by the cell then free-floats in the blood stream, creating unbalanced hormone levels in PCOS sufferers.

Excess insulin stimulates the ovaries to produce large amounts of the male hormone testosterone, which may prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg each month, thus causing infertility. High levels of insulin also increase the conversion of androgens (male hormones) to estrogens (female hormones), upsetting a delicate balance between the two and having a direct effect on weight gain and the formation of cystic follicles or cysts in the ovary.

Friday, November 5, 2010

PCOS AND HAIR LOSS

This was shared with me, can you relate?
I have PCOS. I have experienced it seems my hair falling out more in the Winter than in the Summer for some odd reason. I use more water based products now on my hair but at that time I was wearing wigs all the time and not letting my hair breathe so I never knew my hairs full potential because I wasn't wearing it at all. I wore a wig everyday because I had chemo when I was younger and it took out my hair it messed up my grade of hair completely after putting a perm in it, now I don't use any perms, or any harsh chemicals on my hair I love natural hair.

I am on Metformin so this helps with the hair loss and I also take meds that are suppose to contribute to hair loss but I think my Metformin offsets that and I also try to condition my hair everyday. Since I have been on Metformin I have noticed a lot of differences my period has went back to normal and I have lost weight. So I do believe that it works and with the proper dieting and exercise (you really don't have to do this either) it can help you loose weight. But this medicine helps a lot and exercising while taking this medicine can really help it makes you queasy and the side effects are not good but its works wonders when you do take it. It also helps your hair grow.

My Endocrinologist should have told me

 This story was shared by Gina:
I have PCOS and diagnosed at about 13. I was given that diagnoses by a endocrinologist because my pediatrician was concerned about my periods not comming every month and the fact that I had a black patch on the back of my neck.

The endocrinologist run test and I had an ultrasound done thats how got the diagnoses but I dont ever remember them telling me the name. They told me that I had to take Birth Control to have a period every month. My periods should become regular after I have my first kid. So in my 13 year old brain until about 18 I thought ok I can still have kids. It wasnt until at 17 going to be 18 I was in the ER with major pain in my lower right side. It turned out to be a cyst and according to the ER doc not big enough to have cause so much pain. That I ended up going to see a gyno and she told my chart said I had PCOS and was diagnosed a long time ago. I was Shocked plus she told me that it would be hard for me to have kids and I would need help to concieve. That broke my heart because one I felt the endocrinologist should have told me that and plus I always wanted kids. Since I was in college and engaged at that time, my ex and I decided to start trying to concieve. It ended up taking 3 years before I decided to stop because it became to hurtful. Plus our relationship going down hill. Now I am thinking it was God interfering there.

I dont know how I dealt with it because right now I am dealing with other issues.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Holistic Treatments for PCOS

Nutrition: I am of the opinion that since PCOS is a chronic illness it is best treated holistically. A patient should concentrate on good nutrition first and foremost. There are several excellent books on nutrition available, but the best for those that suffer from PCOS are; "The Schwartzbein Principle" by Diana Schwartzbein, "The Diet Cure" by Julia Ross and "The PCOS Diet Book" by Colette Harris and Theresa Francis-Cheung. These books concentrate on improving health rather than weight loss and as such are much better approaches to weight loss for women with PCOS.


In essence the PCOS sufferer should ensure her diet is comprised of good quality protein such as meat, fish, (an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are so important for those with PCOS), poultry, nuts, seeds, eggs and cheeses. Good vegetarian protein sources are quorn, dairy, nuts, seeds and a small amount of beans and the less fermented soy products such as miso or tempeh. Soy is not the miracle food it is purported to be. In fact there are several health problems associated with the over consumption of soy (http://www.mercola.com/article/soy/avoid_soy.htm and http://www.holdthetoast.com/archive/010411.html).

The diet should also include good quality fats such as cold pressed oils. It is imperative that trans fatty acids and hydrogenated fats be avoided since they raise cholesterol and are carcinogenic. Finally, the right amount of carbohydrates according to activity level, health, insulin status and weight should be consumed in the form of vegetables, whole grains and a small amount of fruit.

Refined carbohydrates, white flour, sugar and caffeine should be greatly reduced and if possible eliminated from the diet. Also, if possible, choose organic foods.

Exercise: There is abundant evidence that exercise improves the body's use of insulin. Those with PCOS should try to concentrate on resistance rather than cardiovascular exercise. This is because resistance exercise (i.e., weight training, swimming, yoga, pilates) builds muscle and thus increases the body's insulin sensitivity. According to Schwartzbein (10), too much cardiovascular exercise raises adrenaline and cortisol levels and consequently raises insulin levels.


Even a simple walk most nights may be of help. Exercises such as yoga are particularly recommended because they relieve stress and work the muscles as well as targeting health problems.

Herbs: Since this condition is chronic, herbs can help greatly due to the fact that they are much gentler on the body than synthetic drugs. They also have fewer side effects and many can be used for sustained periods of time. There are numerous herbs that can be used for various symptoms of PCOS. Therefore, the most commonly used herbs are outlined below. NOTE: I have had great success using herbs, but have found only the tincture forms effective. Tablets are synthesised in a different way and do not work at all for me. I have conversed with other women who have found the same.
             Agnus Castus (also referred to as vitex or chasteberry): This seems to be the herb most commonly used by women with PCOS. Vitex has a direct effect on the pituitary gland; the gland involved in regulating hormone production. It seems to increase the level of LH, although the studies that have shown this have been conducted in women without PCOS. Therefore, this does not mean it increases LH levels in women with PCOS. The fact that it works so well in women with PCOS lends great support to David Hoffman's (11) assertion that vitex is an adaptive herb that does whatever the body needs it to do. It seems to restore progesterone to a normal level , which is helpful for those with low progesterone levels. Low progesterone levels can cause miscarriage so vitex can help to prevent this. It is also used for irregular menstruation, amenorrhea and PMS.
           Donq Quai: This is actually a Chinese herb but it is widely available in Western health food stores. It is one of the best women's herbs and has been dubbed "the female ginseng" (12). Similar to vitex, it can be used for long periods of time because it is a tonic herb. It nourishes the liver and endocrine system and is useful for irregular menstruation, PMS, period pain and menopausal symptoms. It is a phytoestrogenic herb.
          Black Cohosh: Black cohosh is a uterine tonic herb and exhibits an oestrogenic effect. It is widely used in menopausal formulas but is valuable for treating amenorrhea, irregular menstruation and PMS. This herb can also lower blood pressure.
          Saw Palmetto: Saw palmetto is traditionally used to treat male prostate enlargement. However, since it is an anti-androgen many women with PCOS use it to treat hirsutism and acne. It has a side effect of increasing breast size in some and consequently is used in breast enhancing herbal formulas to increase cup size. However, it does not always have this effect.
          Evening Primrose: a widely popular supplement taken by many women for PMS, fibrocystic breast disease and to improve skin quality. It can also help with irregular cycles. It is rich in G.L.A and linolenic acid; essential fatty acids which the body requires to regulate hormones. Evening Primrose oil also helps with heart disease, cholesterol and blood pressure.
         Progesterone cream: This cream has been widely popularised by Dr. John Lee, who advocates the use of this cream for many female conditions such as menopause, PMS, fibrocystic breast disease, ovarian cysts and PCOS. It can be ordered from various companies on the Internet.

Supplements: Many women with PCOS find supplements very helpful in relieving various symptoms. Recommended supplements for PCOS are: the B complex, a good quality multivitamin with chelated minerals, GTF chromium and fish oils. To this basic regime other supplements can be added depending on various symptoms.


Awareness of PCOS is increasing amongst the medical profession and the general public so that soon there may be less delay in diagnosis. Also, metformin rather than just the Pill is prescribed more and more to the PCOS patient, thereby treating rather then just masking the disorder. Finally, more nutritionists are becoming aware of the damage refined carbohydrates, sugar and hydrogenated fats wreak on the body. Overall, the outlook for women with PCOS is getting better and better by the day.

A diagnosis of PCOS may seem overwhelming at first, but there is much support and help available. Visit http://www.soulcysters.com [a wonderful name] and http://www.pcosupport.org to get in contact with other sufferers and inform yourself of the latest treatments. PCOS is not curable, but it is a disease that is treatable. Treating a chronic disorder takes time and patience, but good health can indeed be restored if one is prepared to work for it.


Article copyright 2003 Lynn Dunning

Monday, July 26, 2010

Fustrated

Wow am not sure where to begin - I am feeling fustrated, angry and hopeless. Within the past mths I have gain over 15lbs. Now I am hitting a size 10, all my summer clothes are too small, and I feel totaly hopeless and disgusting.  I know I should be saying to myself yeah I am beautiful, I am pretty and all the nice things to go with it, but honestly thats not how I feel. This feels like a never ending battle. I am very careful with what I eat- mostly frutis veggies and other healthy stuff but instead of the weight getting less its getting more- this is just plain out crazy. How do u justify looking 8wks pregnant when you know that you are not, how do you deal with people telling you congratulatons on the baby, how do you deal with your jeans not being able to close-What do I do! where do I begin! how do I begin! How do I make this go away. - grrrrrrrrrrrrr

How You Eat Is How You Live

How is your relationship with food a mirror for your life?

That's an interesting question, well worth some contemplation.

Unfortunately, all of the medications for treating insulin resistance have some adverse effects.

The majority women with PCOS are likely to have issues with food consumption and food choices. One reason is biochemical because their appetite control system is disordered.

Another reason for poor eating habits is psychological, due to poor self-esteem or feeling depressed and out of control.

For both biochemical and psychological reasons, it's very easy to reach for the wrong foods, or to eat more than we need. Much of our eating behavior is unconscious.

Below are some statements from Cheryl Richardson, a life coach after she participated in a seminar with Geneen Roth, author of "Women, Food and God". Use them as a way to gain some insight into your relationship with food, and your relationship with yourself.


"What my mind and my mouth tell me to eat is rarely what my body wants."

"What my mind tells me to do in relationship to exercise is rarely how my body wants to move."

"My head and heart often make my food and exercise choices, not my body."

"How I eat is how I live. If I'm rushed, overwhelmed, or irritated, for instance, I eat on the run, shovel food in my mouth to get meals over with, or make food choices designed to numb my frazzled nerves. These behaviors do not support weight loss or a vibrant and healthy body."

"Deprivation, restrictions, and rigid rules will always lead right back to poor food choices, rebellious overeating, and a "what the hell" attitude. It's requires a paradigm shift to get that we change with love, not with demands."

"Ending the war with food is about beginning a relationship with myself based on trust. Staying awake and listening to my body so I eat when I'm hungry, eat what my body wants, and stop when I'm full, is the path to creating a more loving and trusting relationship with myself."

"When we learn to trust ourselves with food, an even bigger world opens up to us."


Geneen Roth said: "This path isn't about losing weight quickly, it's about connecting with who you really are -- the part of you that doesn't weigh a pound."

Food for thought!

PCOS Hair Loss and Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is a nutritional supplement extracted from the berries of the saw palmetto tree.

It is widely used for the treatment of enlarged prostate glands in men. Prostate glands become enlarged partly because of a male hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT.

Women with PCOS tend to have higher levels of DHT than other women. Therefore, if saw palmetto works for men, it may work for women.

Excessive levels of DHT in women has been linked to acne, hirsutism (hair growth in the "wrong" places), and female pattern hair loss.

Female hair loss is one of the most troubling and difficult aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome. It is caused in part by DHT, which causes the hair follicle to shrink and thus causes the hair shaft to be discarded. The result is thinning hair on the scalp.

The Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine published a study showing that saw palmetto may slow down this hair loss process. This was a small study of ten men. Six of the ten men taking saw palmetto had reductions in their hair loss.

Excessive levels of DHT in women has been linked to acne, hirsutism (hair growth in the "wrong" places), and female pattern hair loss.

Female hair loss is one of the most troubling and difficult aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome. It is caused in part by DHT, which causes the hair follicle to shrink and thus causes the hair shaft to be discarded. The result is thinning hair on the scalp.

The Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine published a study showing that saw palmetto may slow down this hair loss process. This was a small study of ten men. Six of the ten men taking saw palmetto had reductions in their hair loss.

The type of hair loss that men have is similar to the most common type of hair loss that PCOS women have.

Therefore, if saw palmetto works for men, it should also be helpful for women who have PCOS and hair thinning.

Because of its inhibitory effect on the male hormone DHT, saw palmetto should be useful for acne and hirsutism in addition to hair thinning.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Choose to be happy

If you chase happiness, it will run away faster than you can catch up with it. Why is that?


Because when you strive to create happiness, that very act of striving pushes the happiness away. The more you want it, the less you have of it.

Happiness is not something you can go out and get. Real happiness does not have to depend on creating a certain set of circumstances.

Happiness is a way you can choose to be. And you can simply choose it at any time, in any circumstance.

When you do, you instantly become more creative and effective, more authentic and fully alive. Living from a perspective of happiness, you're able to live at your best because you see positive value everywhere you look.

Stop striving to get happiness and just choose to be happy, right where you are. Give your happiness to life, and watch as its positive power fills your world.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The voice of your purpose

Actions are an absolute necessity for meaningful accomplishment. So are dreams.


For if you cannot dream it, and envision it, you will not achieve it. When it tugs at your very soul, that is when you will make it happen.

You are not an unthinking, unfeeling machine that can blindly serve just any agenda. Your effectiveness comes from your purposeful involvement with what you do.

There is a reason why you feel everything you feel. Those feelings are the voice of your purpose.

It is difficult and challenging to follow those dreams that flow from your purpose. Yet when the purpose is true, it will feel stronger than any challenge.

Listen to the voice of your purpose. Dream and do, and give to life the unique value that is yours to create.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Be the beauty

Take the time today to do something wonderful. Take the time to do something that reminds you of how precious and beautiful life is.


Those urgent matters that seem so important are really not, when compared to the unique miracle that is your life. Take the time today to feel truly alive.

Look closely, with your heart, and see magnificence in the smallest and simplest of things. Instead of trading all your time for money or ego boosters, invest a little time in being genuinely at peace.

You cannot schedule life's richness for later. Yet you can always enjoy it now.

Let yourself live that richness. Joyfully give in to the longing of your spirit.

Feel the immensity of existence. Be the beauty that you know you are.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Your Own Special Song

Allow yourself to be yourself. If you don't want what the world says you should want, have the courage to say so.

Your greatest opportunities for making a difference in this world flow from your unique perspective. Explore, strengthen, celebrate and express that perspective every chance you get.

It's not a matter of being different just to be different. It's a matter of being honest with yourself and others about who you truly are.

You have your own special songs to sing. Sing them with passion, just because it feels so right.

What the world tells you is to be like everybody else. What the world needs is for you to be you.

Give to life the unique beauty of your own special making. Allow yourself to feel how good it feels, and to see what a positive difference the real you can make for everyone.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Riches without end

Do you want to really feel good? Then feel thankful.


Do you wish to make a great impression? Then be appreciative.

Would you like to empower your actions? Then live and think and act with an ever-present sense of gratitude.

There is great wealth that already exists in your life. From that wealth you can draw the energy, the inspiration and the resources necessary to do anything.

Yet to benefit from that great wealth, you must sincerely appreciate it. When you truly realize how much you have, you also know, without a doubt, that you can achieve whatever you choose.

Every moment great and small is an opportunity to be thankful. And in thankfulness, there are riches without end.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

PCOS & I

I have been living with PCOS for the past 12yrs and didn’t even know it. Well fortunately for me it was confirmed a few wks ago (March 2010). Fortunately now I know what I am dealign with and can look into ways of treating it.

Two years ago on a visit to my regular doctor he mentioned that I might have PCOS due to the high level of male hormones in my blood and other symptoms. Well me being me paid no attention to it.


I have been having irregular periods over the years and thought oh well this was just part of life. In 2002 when my cycle lasted for over 2mths I decided to see a doctor who placed me on birth control for 2 months, after this every thing event back to normal. Normal meaning having a monthly cycle, then it went from once a month to every 2 months, over the years it became fewer and fewer, like out of 12mths it would be 6mths.

Then comes issue of facial hair- grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Mane this thing began bugging me about the age of 17. I remember a friend saying to me "why don’t you just wax and it will go away", well sad to say it has not gone away. I have tired electrolysis, waxing, laser, shaving. This is sooooooooooo annoying, imagine having to shave twice a week some times more or less depending on what the hormones decides- gesh.

The plus side of this is I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee make up(just ordered an eye shadow with 120 colors hehehehe), I can't do with out it. Every single day I leave the house I need to put on make up - now don't get me wrong I don't always wear a full face, but yeah foundation is a MUST. I know some of you sistahs with PCOS can relate. Common now, I am a black woman so yeah every mark on my skin will show, so I need to do something to cover it up- can't always have folks staring at me like I am some freak. Talking about which, I mean seriously though, why do people just stare and glare at others when they appear different like are you kidding me this is sooooooooooooooo rude. But lets just say I have a love/hate relationship with MAC, L’Oreal and Covergirl.

Can't have one with out the other so the weight. I have gone from a size 4 to a size 10 over the past 3 years, now I am currently a size 8. I know, I know, but I never understood why I would work out try to eat healthy and the weight just kept coming and coming and coming. Talk about depressing. I had friends say to me "uh you too lazy get up and work out", yeah I will admit I was not a big fan of working out but I did what little I could - I tried weight watchers(yeah I did), went to the gym, went running, jogging, walking and the weight was stuck to me like white on rice- gesh. Then I had those who made fun of my spare tire - I mean honestly there were days I looked in the mirror and I was soooooooooo depressed. I mean am trying every thing I can and this weight is not leaving.

Call me vain, conceited, what ever you wish but I mean here I am from a size 4 129lbs to 151lbs size 10 how do you deal with this. Every thing I tried would not fit, I hated going shopping cause I could not find anything which would hide my spare tire, at times I looked as though I were 6wks and counting with child.

I felt like I could not talk to anyone about this cause no one understood me. I felt alone and isolated. There were many times I cancelled on outings with friends because when I looked in the mirror I saw a fat freak, yeah I will admit I had my lows. I love me, I love being me but lets face it I am human not perfect but at times I do pray that I had none of this, that I had never heard of PCOS.

Growing up in a household where eating healthy was emphasized I developed of those eating habits, eating my fruits and veggies etc. I am not a fan of junk food though I have a weakness for twizzlers. do you know what it feels like to give something your all and you see nothing in return yeah that’s me and my eating. I incorporated lots of fibers, grains, nuts healthy oils and all the works into my diet along with working out and uh nothing.

Having this disease is hard, the mind plays games on you. There are days I wonder uh is my make up on ok, can they see the marks on my face, or is this shirt covering my bulge, or I hope they don’t think I am pregnant, or will I be able to have kids in the near future. Two things which motivates, encourages and keeps me going is my faith and the love from my mom. My favorite scripture is Psalms 139. It reminds me of who my creator is, that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, that he knew me even before I was conceived, that he knew I would have this disease, he knew that I would have my ups and downs. My mom has always been in my life she understands and comforts when I need it with out me even asking.

I am not perfect I still have my highs and lows, PCOS is something I guess I have to deal with for the rest of my life. I just want folks to understand that we are not all the same, its totally not cool to make fun of someone because they look different, you never know how you hurt or affect that individual.

Now if someone were to say to me that I have low self-esteem well get this straight I don't care who you are, where you're from, what you look like, we all have our bad days some just have rougher days than others. I am one of the individuals who could careless what folks say or thing, but then again when it comes from people who "care" about you it hurts. I use those comments to build on, its makes me a stronger person and yeah I do get satisfaction from proving to others that you said I couldn’t do this but look I did it. I tend to match to the beat of my own drum, and not to the beat which society says I must match too- who said you have to do this that way or that that way, who said you cant wear this with that, who said, who said.
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Symptoms of PCOS

- irregular, abnormal mensula periods;
- weight gain and trouble losing the weight;
- acne;
- development in male sex characteristics such as extra hair on face, back, belly, chest most times darker and thicker, deeping of the voice; enlargement of the clitoris;
- fertility issues- many woman with PCOS have problems getting pregnant;
- thining hair on scalp;
- insulin resistance leading to a build up of insulin in the blood.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

What causes PCOS

The symptoms in PCOS are basically caused by changes in hormone levels. Unfortunately PCOS runs in families. If any woman in your family has PCOS you run a very high risk of having it also

What are Hormones?

Hormones are chemicals which carry messeges from organs to cells. Teh glands which produce these hormones are part of the endocrine system which is made up of thyroids, adrenals pituitary, pancreas to name a few. The work to keep the body balance.


Two types of homones secreted in the body are sex hormones and growth hormones. PCOS casues imbalance hormones. Having imbalance hormones means all hormones in the body will be affected including the insulin hormone which is a growth hormone.


Ovaries generally tend to make a small amount of male sex hormeones, in PCOS they generarate a larger amount of androgens. Androgen hormones (male sex hormones) causes the male characteristics such as the change in appearance(extra body, hair loss, facial hair).






What is PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS as many refer to it is an endocrine disorder which affect women. PCOS basically messed with a womans hormones, it causes it to be out of balance. This disease affects 1 in 15 women, its starts during the teenage years but can be controlled with medications.

In each menstration cycle, follicles grow on the ovaries. Eggs develop within these follicles, one of which will reach maturity sooner than the others and be realeased into the fallopian tubes hence ovulation. With polycyctic ovaries, the ovaries are larger than normal and they a basically undeveloped follicles which appear in clumps rather than a bunch of grapes.


Women with PCOS will have polysystic ovaries because PCOS is a syndrome, it is just a name given to the metabolic conditon in which women will polycystic ovaries along with other symptoms. PCOS is a dysfucntion which affects ther entire body not just the ovaries. So yes a woman can have PCOS with out having any cystic on her ovaries.

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