Many women with PCOS struggle with chronic inflammation. What this means is that our immune systems have been alerted to a possible threat and it triggered an immune response to fight it. The only thing is that there is no apparent threat but our immune systems are still on alert and the inflammation is causing havoc with our bodies.
This chronic low grade inflammation can be treated through diet and lifestyle change. Many women with PCOS benefit from eating a gluten and dairy free diet. It is also recommended that they exercise moderately, through weight training 2-3 x per week and light cardio.
*Your results are not a diagnosis. Have your doctor check your inflammatory markers, such as c-reactive protein.
Insulin resistance is closely linked with chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is also inherent in PCOS, putting us at risk of developing insulin resistance.
We are prone to insulin resistance as a result of our inflammation. Our cells slowly start losing their sensitivity to insulin, forcing our body to release more insulin for our cells to respond. The consistently high insulin level of insulin is called insulin resistance.
It can be managed through diet and lifestyle change. Many women test out a low carbohydrate diet, under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian. Based on their symptom improvements, they can understand how many carbohydrates per day is appropriate for them. It is best to remove processed foods from the diet and exercise moderately. This includes weight training 2-3 times per week and light cardio for 30 minutes per day.
*Your results are not a diagnosis. Have your doctor do a insulin glucose tolerance test.
One of the primary diagnostic criteria of PCOS is elevated androgens, “male” sex hormones that cause unwanted hair growth, hair loss, acne, and reproductive dysfunction. The two main androgenic hormones causing these symptoms in women are testosterone and DHEA/ DHEA-S.
Adrenal fatigue can be treated through diet and lifestyle change. Many women with PCOS benefit from cutting out processed foods and coffee as well as not following an overly restrictive diet. It is also recommended that they exercise very moderately, through weight training 2 x per week and light cardio, such as walking, swimming and yoga for 30 minutes per day.
*Your results are not a diagnosis. Have your stress hormones (cortisol, DHEA, DHEA-S...) tested by your doctor or you can take an Adrenal Test.