Do I have to eat Dairy Free if I have PCOS?

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Do I have to eat dairy free if I have PCOS? This is one of the most common questions I get asked as a PCOS dietitian. Are you totally confused about dairy and wondering if it’s good or bad for PCOS? Do an internet search for dairy and you will be sure to come up with conflicting view points in women with PCOS. In this article, I review the most recent research on dairy for women with PCOS and answer questions such as “Do I have to eat dairy free if I have PCOS?” “Is a dairy free diet good for PCOS?” And “How much dairy is ok for PCOS?”

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PCOS, Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Fertility

Lifestyle modifications are the primary treatment approaches for people with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). These lifestyle modifications include nutrition, supplements, and physical activity as well as stress management and sleep hygiene. When I provide nutrition counseling to patients with PCOS, we discuss these important lifestyle changes as well as ways to reduce exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

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What Oprah Got Wrong about Weight and GLP-1s

Like many of you, I tuned in to primetime TV to watch Oprah’s special on ABC, Shame, Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution. And I have so many thoughts. I am in support of people taking medications that they need, including GLP-1s. But here’s just a few places where Oprah got it wrong about weight loss and GLP-1 medications.

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Taking Ozempic and GLP-1 Receptor Agonists for PCOS

Unless you are living under a rock, you undoubtedly heard about the Ozempic GLP-1 receptor agonist craze. So how do Ozempic and other Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs) like Wegovy and Mounjaro, work for people with PCOS who struggle with insulin resistance? And what concerns or risks are there for folks with PCOS who are using these medications? Here’s what to know about GLP-1 RAs and PCOS.

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Supplements to Improve Insulin Resistance in PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder characterized by hormonal imbalances, irregular menstrual cycles, and the development of small “cysts” or follicles on the ovaries. In this blog post, we will delve into the of insulin resistance in people with PCOS and discuss how certain supplements, when combined with a healthy lifestyle, can offer valuable support.

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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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