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15 Key Facts about PCOS

Posted by Allie on 6th May 2017

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PCOS is one of the most common endocrine conditions affecting women of reproductive age. Here are 15 other important facts and figures about the condition [...]

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Travelling & Eating Healthily with PCOS

Posted by Allie on 10th February 2017

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When I first started managing my PCOS through diet in my early 20s, one of the major questions in my mind before I set off on my travels was definitely, “What on earth am I going to eat there?!” The good news is that, with some planning and organisation, it can be much easier than you’d think to maintain a healthy way of eating when travelling [...]

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Can Eating More Frequently Help Insulin Levels in PCOS?

Posted by Allie on 24th January 2017

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The majority of women with PCOS have insulin resistance, regardless of their weight, which can lead to long term health issues such as type 2 diabetes. Although research has indicated that, for example, low glycemic index diets and eating a higher calorie meal for breakfast can improve insulin resistance, the optimal way of eating for women with PCOS is still unknown. Now a new study (1) has found that distributing calories over six meals a day, rather than three, benefits insulin sensitivity in PCOS [...]

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How to Have Yourself a Healthier Christmas

Posted by Allie on 3rd December 2016

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Christmas is fast approaching and it’s officially party season! We all know what that inevitably involves – the endless supply of chocolates and cakes that keep appearing in the office, drinks and yet more drinks with friends and colleagues, not to mention the abundance of rich foods that feature on every Christmas menu [...]

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Yoga for PCOS: How It Can Help

Posted by Allie on 29th September 2016

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Research has shown that yoga can improve PCOS symptoms and factors associated with the condition. For example, studies have found it improved hirsutism and menstrual frequency in adolescents with PCOS. Yoga has also been shown to improve sleep, quality of life, mood, anxiety and insulin resistance [...]

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PCOS & Diabetes

Posted by Allie on 12th July 2016

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Women with PCOS are at higher risk of long term health issues such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. In fact, approximately 30% of those with PCOS have type 2 diabetes and, conversely, 27% of premenopausal women with diabetes also have PCOS. Relatively few studies have examined the prevalence of type 1 diabetes in the condition [...]

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Chia Seeds: Do they really live up to the hype?

Posted by Allie on 21st February 2016

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Sometimes it seems like there is always a new health food or drink that suddenly becomes fashionable and it can be hard to know which ones are actually worth the hype. You may have heard of chia seeds, which are becoming increasingly popular as an easy and nutritious addition to a healthy diet, but are they really worthy of all the attention? [...]

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'It’s All in the Timing': Can Meal Timing Improve PCOS?

Posted by Allie on 10th January 2016

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Women with PCOS are often advised to lose weight to help manage symptoms and improve their chances of getting pregnant. However, not all women with the condition are overweight and weight loss is therefore not an appropriate option for all [...]

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Maca: The Fertility Enhancer

Posted by Allie on 30th October 2015

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Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a plant that grows in the Peruvian Andes and has been used for centuries by native people for its medicinal properties. It's also gained a lot of worldwide recognition in recent years for its nutritional benefits [...]

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Low GI Diet: My Experience

Posted by Allie on 12th September 2015

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When I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) at 19, the consultant sent me off with a leaflet on the condition and a prescription for a drug called Metformin. She told me that I needed to lose weight, that it would help my symptoms. I am sure that consultant had the very best intentions for my care but I walked out of the hospital feeling so frustrated. I had just been told I would be taking tablets every day without even knowing how they worked and without being given any lifestyle or nutritional advice [...]

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Cinnamon: The PCOS Wonder Spice

Posted by Allie on 5th September 2015

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Versatile and sweet, it's hard not to love the warming taste and scent of cinnamon. Not only can it can be added to lots of different foods, it also appears to improve insulin sensitivity which may have real benefits for women with PCOS [...]

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