Resistance Training For PCOS: Avoiding The Bulk

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Many women with PCOS may feel intimidated when it comes to resistance training out of fear they may end up “bulky” or “masculine.” Guest blogger Zack Knight, a registered dietitian and personal trainer, is  here to tell you that those claims are false. While some women with PCOS may have higher levels of testosterone and feel that they are at a disadvantage when it comes to resistance training, it is a blessing, not a curse! Instead of doing endless hours of cardio to change your body composition, Zach shares three major points to focus on when implementing resistance training into your exercise regimen to burn more calories at rest, and give you the confidence to wear that sexy black dress and work it like never before!

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No Tears Shed for PCOS: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Dry Eye

Looks like women with PCOS can add yet another symptom to an already long list of complications associated with PCOS: Dry Eye Syndrome. Dry eye syndrome is a common condition, affecting an estimated 9 million Americans. Those with dry eyes know that the condition can affect the quality of life as dry eyes can impact your work and every aspect of your life. If not treated and managed, people with dry eyes can develop repeated eye infections that can eventually lead to scarring of your cornea and vision problems. Contact lenses can make dry eye worse as they suck more moisture out of an already dry eye. If you suffer from dry eye syndrome, here’s how to treat it naturally.

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What Happens to Women with PCOS as they Age?

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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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Fish Oil Improves Mood

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Fish oil offers numerous benefits to women with PCOS, including boosting mood. There’s no question that women with PCOS suffer from more mood disorders such as depression and anxiety than those without the syndrome. For some women, mood issues can be a result of dealing with all the problems PCOS brings: dramatic body image issues, fluctuations in blood sugar, loss of control over weight, difficulty managing the syndrome, infertility, and lack of support. Mood disorders can also be brought on by hormone imbalances. There is some good news for the millions of women who struggle with mood problems: omega-3 fatty acids, particularly the kind that come from fish, may help manage mood.

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Putting An End To Dieting

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.

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The PCOS Power Workout

The workout below will set you back just 20-minutes, and you can do it the comfort of your home. No need to rush off to the gym, or set aside an hour for a drawn-out workout.

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