The Link Between PCOS and Autoimmune Disorders

Emerging research is showing a link between PCOS and autoimmune disorders. This article explores the reasons to the link and what you can do about it.

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The Connection Between IBS and PCOS

The connection between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is REAL! ⠀IBS is the most common GI disorder among women with PCOS, affecting 20 to 40% of women. Yikes! That’s a lot of tummy trouble. If this is you, here are some ways to get relief.

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Health Benefits of Chocolate for PCOS

Here’s some sweet news: Chocolate is good for you, especially if you have PCOS. Women with PCOS have been shown to have higher cravings for sweets. In fact, chocolate was the most frequently craved food item reported among women with high androgens and menstrual disturbances. What’s unique about chocolate is that it’s rich in flavanols, which provide numerous health benefits to those with PCOS. Flavanols are a group of antioxidant molecules that occur naturally in foods like tea, fruits, vegetables and chocolate. Chocolate also contains a rich supply of minerals such as magnesium, copper, zinc, and calcium which have been shown to be low in women with PCOS. Here’s what to know about chocolate and its health benefits for PCOS.

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What Exercise is Best for PCOS: Cardio vs Weight Training?

Cardio and weight training are two popular forms of exercise. Many women want to know if they should follow cardio only workouts or weight training for PCOS. I frequently get a sked questions like “If I lift weights, won’t I get bulky?”, “My goal is to lose weight, so isn’t cardio best?” In this post, you will find out whether cardio or weight training is best for PCOS. We will first look at the differences between these exercises, the benefits for PCOS and which you should favour as your PCOS exercise. So, if you want to learn the truth about these popular forms of exercise and finally find a workout you can stick to, keep reading. The answer may surprise you!

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Should you Take a Multivitamin?

Should you take a multivitamin if you have PCOS? This is one of the popular questions we hear from our patients at the PCOS Nutrition Center. Certainly many with PCOS may be taking other supplements to help manage their PCOS, do they really need a multivitamin on top of those pills? How much is too much? What should you look for in a multivitamin? Here’s what to know about taking a multivitamin if you have PCOS.

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Benefits of Magnesium for PCOS

Magnesium is an important mineral that most people with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are significantly lacking in. Women with PCOS are 19 times more likely to have a magnesium deficiency, according to a study in Gynecology Endocrinology. This is concerning as magnesium has been shown to play a role in glucose, insulin, and blood pressure regulation. Individuals with metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes have also shown to have low levels of magnesium. In fact, having low levels of magnesium increases your risk for having type 2 diabetes.

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