Until recently, the focus on PCOS has been during the childbearing years as PCOS has been primarily viewed as a reproductive disorder. Questions about what happens when women with PCOS age have remained elusive. For example, does the syndrome get worse and if so, how worse? Or, does PCOS get better after menopause? Could PCOS simply disappear altogether? We now have the answers to some of these questions as researchers are now exploring what happens when women with PCOS transition through menopause. The news is good and not so good.
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There’s a reality TV show on TLC called My Big Fat Fabulous Life, which follows Whitney Way Thore, as she fights PCOS and body shame. On the show, Whitney shares her struggles with her weight, an eating disorder, and pre-diabetes. Watching the show, we were hoping Whitney would seek the support of a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) to help her. And we couldn’t be more thrilled that she connected with Julie Duffy Dillion, an RDN who has experience in treating women with eating disorders and PCOS. In this article, Julie talks about working with Whitney, why diets don’t work for women with PCOS, and why we all need to put an end to dieting once and for all.
As I begin a new decade in the middle part of my life, I have been reflecting back to previous decades. It was in my early 20’s when I was first diagnosed with PCOS. I was fresh out of graduate school and working full-time as a registered dietitian nutritionist counseling women suffering from eating disorders. I was living alone, cooking my own meals, and working out regularly (remember step aerobics anyone?). As far as I knew, I was perfectly healthy. – See more at: http://www.pcosnutrition.com/links/blogs/the-best-birthday-present-.html#sthash.Nfz1ONLj.dpuf
I was officially diagnosed with PCOS in 1997. My body journey from then to now has not been an easy one. I’ve been through most of the same challenges that many of my fellow PCOS Cysters have experienced: weight fluctuations, hirsutism, mood swings, skin discoloration, and more. I know how it is to feel like you are at war with your body, always trying to manage consistent body challenges. However, I want to tell you that Body Peace is possible. It is quite possible to build a loving relationship with your body at any given moment, even while you may still be learning to manage the symptoms and challenges of PCOS. I know it is possible, because I’ve done it and I’ve supported several other women in finding Body Peace in their lives as well.
The mirror, which reminded me daily I was not the fairest in the land, started to tell an even grimmer tale. My face became moon shaped, the wisps of upper-lip hair — an Italian rite of passage — became darker. Acne speckled my face. Most noticeably, I got fat. Like when people pretend to be pregnant and put a pillow under their shirt.