PCOS, Periods and Iron Loss

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Women who experience heavy or frequent menstrual bleeding may be at risk for iron deficiency. Here’s how to prevent it.

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New Name for PCOS? A Summary of the NIH Workshop on PCOS

The NIH Office of Disease Prevention held an important workshop on PCOS that took place December 4-5, 2012. Top researchers in PCOS from all over the world met for this 2 day workshop to present evidence-based information on PCOS and to clarify the following:

  • The benefits and drawbacks of different diagnostic criteria
  • The causes, predictors, and long-term consequences of PCOS
  • Optimal prevention and treatment strategies

After the meeting concluded, an executive summary was drafted. Here are some highlights from that summary and what it means for women with PCOS

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GMOs in Our Food: What you Need to Know and Why

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I clearly remember the day I first learned about genetically modified food. I was sitting in on one of my nutrition classes and my professor was informing us that the U.S. had begun to genetically alter our food crops. This meant that we could have larger, perfect tomatoes. We could feed more people on less land. We could grow food all year round that was immune to drought and increasing climate change. What wasn’t clear were safety concerns and what long-term effects were going to happen. Today GMOs are in the majority of food we eat. But is it safe? What you need to know.

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What’s Your PCOS Phenotype?

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A phenotype is a unique set of characteristics based on your genetic makeup and influence of environmental factors. In a position paper published in Fertility and Sterility, the Androgen Excess and PCOS Society Task Force suggest that there at least 10 possible phenotypes of PCOS. The difference in phenotypes explains how the syndrome has so much variation in symptoms.

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Rev Up Your Metabolism

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Probably the one advantage of having PCOS is the ability to build muscle thanks to high testosterone levels. Find out how women with PCOS can use this to their advantage by lifting weights to burn more calories and get stronger.

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PCOS In Teens — The Importance of Early Detection and Treatment

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The earlier PCOS is detected and treated, the better. In this article for Today’s Dietitian titled, Recognize Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in Teens — The Importance of Early Detection and Treatment, I discuss specific factors affecting a young woman receiving a diagnosis of PCOS as well as treatment options and nutritional concerns.

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