Inositol Or Metformin: What The Evidence Shows

If you’ve been following the PCOS Nutrition Center blog, you know what a fan we are of a combination of myo and d-chiro inositol (DCI) for pretty much any person with PCOS, regardless of age or fertility. New research is starting to compare the benefits of inositol to metformin in women with PCOS. The results may surprise you!

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Best Ways to Lower Testosterone for PCOS

Are you finding your acne, body hair growth and thinning or shedding of hair happening more right now? And it doesn’t help that hair salons and wax centers are closed! These symptoms are common in PCOS people and is mostly due to high testosterone levels. Did you know that stress can worsen testosterone levels? Yup. Cortisol, the good old stress hormone, affects the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) pathway, the exact same system that manages most of the hormones associated with PCOS. Here are some effective ways to lower testosterone.

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How to cope with wanting to get pregnant in a fat body

Weight loss is heralded as the gold standard treatment for anyone in a fat body who wants to get pregnant (or any other ailment for that matter!). Even if you are *only thinking about* growing your family, you likely won’t have escaped the idea that somehow your weight will be a problem for getting pregnant, being pregnant and becoming a parent. This pressure to lose weight and judgement about our bodies can lead to difficult conversations with our healthcare providers, if we ever get through the door. It’s so common to put off seeing your doctor due to experiences of feeling judged and shamed in the doctor’s office. You just *know* the conversation is going to focus on your weight, so why even bother right? No matter what your body size, you are worthy of appropriate and respectful care. So how can you go about getting that care and how can you support yourself when things get difficult?

 

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5 Best Ways to Avoid Getting Sick

It’s going around everywhere: coughing, sneezing, running noses and fevers but that doesn’t mean you are doomed to get sick. With a few modifications to your diet and lifestyle and a little TLC you can boost your immune system to fight off looming colds and viruses. Here’s 5 of the best proven ways to avoid getting sick.

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Artificial Sweeteners and Health Risks for PCOS

Do you have PCOS and rely on artificial sweeteners to sweeten your food and beverages instead of caloric sweeteners? Maybe you heard too much sugar isn’t great for people with PCOS (or anyone) and find using low calorie sweeteners as an alternative.  While artificial sweeteners have been shown to be ‘Generally Recognized as Safe,’ or GRAS, in moderation, the safety use of low-calorie sweeteners has been controversial as more research has come out about the negative impact on health. New research has shown artificial sweeteners are not as great as once thought and can actually be harmful. Here are just a few reasons why artificial sweeteners may not be great for people with PCOS.

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Combination of Myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol: A First-Line Treatment for PCOS

Inositols have been suggested as a first-line treatment for PCOS. Have you heard about the numerous benefits of inositols for PCOS but not sure what kind to take? This article summarizes the differences between the two main types of inositols, MYO and d-chiro inositol (DCI) including what they are and what they do, their benefits, and any potential side effects to look for. Here’s what you need to know.

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