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PCOS and Losing Weight

April 27, 2010

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In the past few months I've learned that a few of my online friends over at Gaia have PCOS (That's Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).  I hadn't heard of it before I got my FA thread running and was glad someone pointed this out to me.  There's a new thread up recently, in the past day or so, titled "When Your Uterus Hates You: Living with PCOS".  While I get that the thread creator, Suka, is trying to create awareness of what is truly a miserable condition, I dont' appreciate the contradictory information she's posting up found at Womenshealth.gov. 

One of the most common symptoms of PCOS is "weight gain or obesity, usually with extra weight around the waist". Treatment for PCOS is often to lose weight.  Oh wait, I'm sorry, 'lifestyle changes'.

Lifestyle modification. Many women with PCOS are overweight or obese, which can cause health problems. You can help manage your PCOS by eating healthy and exercising to keep your weight at a healthy level. Healthy eating tips include:

  • Limiting processed foods and foods with added sugars
  • Adding more whole-grain products, fruits, vegetables, and lean meats to your diet

This helps to lower blood glucose (sugar) levels, improve the body's use of insulin, and normalize hormone levels in your body.

How can you lose weight if your condition is causing weight gain?  Trying to lose 10% of your body weight while your body is actively fighting you cannot be easy, or even possible for some.   I hate that the lose weight solution is being throw around yet again in a place I call my online home.

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