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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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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The Best Ways to Lower Inflammation for PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder often accompanied by a range of symptoms such as irregular periods, excessive hair growth, and weight gain. Beyond these visible signs, PCOS is also associated with a silent culprit: inflammation. Fortunately, there are natural approaches, including dietary changes and supplements, that can help lower inflammation and improve the quality of life for people with PCOS.

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Highlights from the PCOS Guidelines

Did you hear? The newly released International evidence-based guidelines for the assessment and management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) were released this week. Designed to provide clear information to assist clinical decision making and support optimal patient care, these guidelines encompass the culmination of the work of over 1,000 health professionals and consumers internationally. These guidelines reflect the newest advancements in PCOS research and offer more insight into better managing and treating PCOS. Here’s what they mean for you.

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Is PCOS an Autoimmune Disease?

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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