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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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The Benefits of Berberine for Women with PCOS

Posted by Allie on 18th November 2016

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PCOS is one of the most common endocrine disorders affecting women of reproductive age. Increased insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia are believed to play a key role in the pathogenesis of the condition. Now an increasing body of evidence has found that supplements, such as inositol and berberine, can improve some PCOS symptoms [...]

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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 & Inositol

Posted by Allie on 30th August 2016

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Insulin resistance has been found to affect approximately 50-80% of women with PCOS, regardless of their weight. It has typically been treated with insulin sensitizing medications, such as metformin. However, research has found that a naturally occurring insulin sensitizer called inositol is also an effective therapeutic option for women with PCOS and can improve symptoms [...]

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PCOS & Vitamin D Deficiency

Posted by Allie on 14th May 2016

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Highly prevalent in the general population, vitamin D deficiency is also common in women with PCOS. Deficiency is linked with symptoms such as excessive hair growth (hirsutism), fertility difficulties and insulin resistance [...]

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Beauty: Homemade Turmeric Face Mask

Posted by Allie on 15th April 2016

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Turmeric (curcuma longa) is a spice that comes from a plant native to the South Asian region. It’s typically added to foods but has long been used in certain parts of the world as a cosmetic and skin care product due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Research has found that using turmeric on the skin can help improve conditions such as acne or excessive oiliness. This may be good news for women with PCOS who suffer from acne or skin problems, which are symptoms of the condition [...]

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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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Making Lifestyle Changes: Are You Ready?

Posted by Allie on 14th October 2015

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Chances are that if you're reading this article on the Positive Health Blog, you've read up on the huge benefits of lifestyle changes on PCOS symptoms and your general health. Sometimes though it's easier said than done to make and maintain changes. If it was as easy as reading that something's good for you to completely overhaul your diet and keep up that gym routine, we'd all be doing it! [...]

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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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