PCOS: DISORDER AFFECTING MILLIONS on 6ABC

Thanks to 6ABC Action News in Philadelphia for covering PCOS and the PCOS Awareness Symposium! We were excited to be a part of it. Watch the short video in which our own Angela Grassi, a registered dietitian with PCOS, discusses her story and what a healthy PCOS diet should include.

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Health Benefits of Eggs For PCOS

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Do you like eggs but aren’t sure how they fit into the nutrition recommendations for PCOS? Well there is some good news: Eggs are a great diet component for women with PCOS. Not only are they are wonderful protein to include with meals and snacks but they are packed with nutrients that improve PCOS. Here’s the scoop on what you need to know about the health benefits of eggs.

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N-ACETYL CYSTEINE (NAC): A Natural Insulin-Sensitizer for PCOS?

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N-Acetyl Cysteine, also known as NAC may offer help to women with PCOS.  In this article, we examine the research between NAC and women with PCOS and what influence it may or may not have on fertility, inflammation, and improving metabolic markers like insulin.

 

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Taking Control Over Sugar When You Have PCOS

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One of the most common complaints we hear at the PCOS Nutrition Center is the frequent, almost urgent cravings for carb foods and sweets. There is a reason why women with PCOS crave more sweet: It’s due to the influence of insulin. Insulin, a powerful growth hormone, works as an appetite stimulant. It also causes weight gain easily and makes it difficult to lose weight. There’s no question that sugar wreaks havoc on the health of women with PCOS. Not only does sugar spike insulin levels but it also contributes to high blood pressure, high levels of triglycerides, and high levels of C-reactive protein, all of which has been linked to oxidative stress and inflammation. These are also serious risk factors for heart disease which have caused The American Heart Association (AHA) to take a stance on added sugar. So are women with PCOS powerless when it comes to sugar? They can be unless they take action to control their sugar amount. Here’s how to do it.

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8 Tips For Healthy Grocery Shopping

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Unlike what some may think (and what many have likely experienced), food shopping doesn’t have to be a dreaded task. The tips below will help you breeze through the grocery store with a smile, finding both affordable and healthful food options in a snap.

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PCOS And Heart Health

Regardless if you are thin or not, women with PCOS have a higher rate of cardiovascular risk factors. These risks include elevated triglyceride (TG) levels (the blood storage form of fat), blood pressure, C-reactive protein (marker of inflammation and oxidative stress), total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the so-called “bad” type of cholesterol), and low levels of HDL (the “good” type of cholesterol that we should have high levels of). Studies show that as many as 70% of all women with PCOS have elevated levels of LDL cholesterol and low levels of HDL (1,2) both of which are strong predictors of cardiovascular disease. Whether you have abnormal cholesterol levels or not, now is the time to take measures to improve your heart and your health. The following are 5 of the best ways to help your heart.

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