PCOS: Beyond Hormones and Hot Flashes
One of the reasons I founded the PCOS Nutrition Center was to provide evidence-based nutrition information to dietitians, healthcare professionals and women with PCOS themselves. While PCOS in general is highly overlooked and under recognized, the condition has been largely ignored in women who are past the childbearing years. This is why I am so pleased to share an article I wrote in the February edition of Today’s Dietitian titled ‘PCOS in Aging Women: Beyond Hormones and Hot Flashes.’
In this article, I address how body composition and hormones change in women as they get older and how women with PCOS differ from non-PCOS women (you can read a previous blog What Happens To Women With PCOS As they Age). Most importantly, I call attention for the need for aggressive lifestyle intervention among women with this syndrome. While PCOS has largely been associated with infertility, constant high androgen and insulin exposure have lifelong consequences, which increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Healthcare professionals need to be proactive with early diagnosis and treatment of PCOS. With proper lifestyle management, these chronic diseases can be prevented. Women with PCOS require education and support around managing insulin through diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if insurance providers would cover all women with PCOS to have consultations with a registered dietitian nutritionist?
If you are interested in learning more about PCOS in older women, my book PCOS: The Dietitian’s Guide has a whole chapter devoted to it.