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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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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Top 5 Reasons to Eat Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are a natural way to improve and preserve a healthy gut flora. Find out what fermented foods are and other health benefits to women with PCOS.

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