Welcome to episode 58!
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I knew nothing about PCOS—polycystic ovarian syndrome, until I started researching the illness. It saddened and surprised me as I read the symptoms and the manifestations of the disease. Many of you are boldly living your lives as you battle the disease, and I am proud of you for not giving into it!
So one of my first questions as I researched PCOS, was just how many women have this disease? And I found that according to a 2015 article that was updated in 2016, Huffington Post article written by Heather Huhman, ‘Between five to 10 percent of women of childbearing age in the United States, or roughly 5 million, have PCOS. That percentage makes it one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders in women. What’s more, it also makes it the most common cause of female infertility.’
According to a Science Weekly article, 1 in 15 women worldwide suffer from PCOS.
And what’s more, apparently the medical community still does not know much about the disease!
What are the symptoms?
- Weight gain/trouble losing weight
- Extra body hair
- Irregular periods
- And of course, trouble getting pregnant
Those are just some of the symptoms. As with any of the other issues that cause childlessness, or trouble having children, all you can really do is what is in your power to do. That means eating the right foods and watching your weight as much as possible.
How does nutrition play a part?
So of course because nutrition is on the forefront for the podcast this year, I had to check out what the best foods are for women suffering from PCOS. I wasn’t surprised, and you probably won’t be either: High fiber foods, anti-inflammatory foods, and lean protein. Limit the processed carbohydrates. No surprise, right? I know it’s probably easier said than done especially if you live in a place where it’s hard to get to these types of foods, but please try your best. I know you will feel better.
As usual, you know your body best. If you are just not feeling right regardless of what your physician says or prescribes, it is OK to do your own research, to exercise proper nutrition, and remain positive. I know, we have our up days and our down days in this world called childless not by choice, but overall, we have got to encourage ourselves. And for those of you who are still holding out hope. It’s OK to do so. There is a percentage of women who suffer from PCOS, who ended up having children. If you suffer from PCOS and you and your doctor are still hopeful, I will hope along with you! Hang in there!
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