PCOS and Pregnancy: Preventing Gestational Diabetes

Pregnancy is an exciting time, especially because so many women with PCOS have been trying to conceive for years. Having PCOS and being pregnant, however, poses additional risks for women with the syndrome, especially for developing gestational diabetes mellitus. Here’s how women with PCOS can prevent developing gestational diabetes during their pregnancy.

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PCOS: Beyond Hormones and Hot Flashes

While PCOS in general is highly overlooked and under recognized, the condition has been largely ignored in women who are past the childbearing years. This is why I am so pleased to share an article I wrote in the February edition of Today’s Dietitian titled ‘PCOS in Aging Women: Beyond Hormones and Hot Flashes.’

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Food for Fertility: A Group Program for PCOS

I had the pleasure of interviewing Judy Simon, MS, RD,CD, CHES a dietitian and fertility nutrition expert at Mind-Body-Nutrition in Seattle, WA about her novel Food for Fertility Program. Judy is the chair of the American Society Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) NutriSig group. Judy created this 7 week program to help her patients who struggle with infertility by providing support, resources, and nutrition education to women. Most impressive is the group’s zero drop-out rate, amount of women who got pregnant during the groups and the wonderful health improvements her participants experienced.

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New Name for PCOS? A Summary of the NIH Workshop on PCOS

The NIH Office of Disease Prevention held an important workshop on PCOS that took place December 4-5, 2012. Top researchers in PCOS from all over the world met for this 2 day workshop to present evidence-based information on PCOS and to clarify the following:

  • The benefits and drawbacks of different diagnostic criteria
  • The causes, predictors, and long-term consequences of PCOS
  • Optimal prevention and treatment strategies

After the meeting concluded, an executive summary was drafted. Here are some highlights from that summary and what it means for women with PCOS

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What’s Your PCOS Phenotype?

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A phenotype is a unique set of characteristics based on your genetic makeup and influence of environmental factors. In a position paper published in Fertility and Sterility, the Androgen Excess and PCOS Society Task Force suggest that there at least 10 possible phenotypes of PCOS. The difference in phenotypes explains how the syndrome has so much variation in symptoms.

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PCOS In Teens — The Importance of Early Detection and Treatment

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The earlier PCOS is detected and treated, the better. In this article for Today’s Dietitian titled, Recognize Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in Teens — The Importance of Early Detection and Treatment, I discuss specific factors affecting a young woman receiving a diagnosis of PCOS as well as treatment options and nutritional concerns.

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