Highlights From The 2015 Philadelphia PCOS Awareness Symposium

It was a beautiful day for the first ever PCOS Awareness Symposium in Philadelphia, which took place on April 18th and was hosted by PCOS Challenge. Over 250 women with PCOS, along with parents, friends, and partners gathered for a historic and informative event that included top researchers and health care professionals in the field of PCOS. If you weren’t among the lucky attendees at the sold-out event, here are some of the highlights.

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PCOS Defined By An 8 Year Old Boy

Shortly after I awoke one weekday morning, I found my 8-year old son, Luca, sitting at the kitchen table. As I approached him to kiss him good morning, I noticed he was deep in thought while writing in a notebook. Written at the top of the page was this: PCOS. His words filled the page about a condition I, his mom, have and one that I am passionate about educating and treating other women with. I was amazed at the depth of understanding Luca had for such a complex condition given his young age and impressed with his accuracy. It makes me wonder why if an 8 year old boy understands PCOS, why can’t more health care professionals and the community. Below is what he wrote:

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New You Magazine Recognizes PCOS!

WOMEN WITH THE OFTEN-MISDIAGNOSED ENDOCRINE DISORDER PCOS HAVE LONG SUFFERED THE CONSEQUENCES OF EMBARRASSING, UNWANTED BODY HAIR. BUT COLLECTIVE EFFORTS & EDUCATION ARE HELPING TO EASE THE PAIN OF ITS DIFFICULT SYMPTOMS.

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PCOS: Unique Concerns During Pregnancy and Lactation

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Pregnancy can be an exciting time for women with PCOS, especially because so many of them may have been trying to conceive for years, with or without fertility treatments. However, having PCOS and being pregnant does pose some concerns. Some women who have undergone fertility treatments may carry multiple babies and will have special dietary and medical needs. Also, because many women with PCOS have hormonal imbalances and are overweight or obese, they are at higher risk for miscarriage and complications such as gestational diabetes mellitus and hypertensive disorders during pregnancy. Proper medical management and medical nutrition therapy are imperative to prevent the onset of these complications and optimize fetal growth and development.

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PCOS Challenge Celebrates National Nutrition Month®

The current issue of the PCOS Challenge e-zine is dedicated to nutrition in honor of National Nutrition Month® and features articles and nutrition tips from dietitian nutritionists who work with PCOS.

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Angela Grassi named one of 10 Incredible RDs Who Are Making a Difference by Today’s Dietitian!

For the past five years Today’s Dietitian has featured a Top 10 list of incredible registered dietitians that are making a difference and I am honored to have made the list this year for my work in PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)! You can read the full article about why I was chosen here.

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