The Relationship Between Vitamin D and COVID-19

Emerging research shows a relationship between Vitamin D levels and COVID-19. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic earlier this year and still little is known about the potential protective factors as the world waits for a cure, treatment, or vaccine. Past observational studies found independent associations between low serum levels of Vitamin D and susceptibility to acute respiratory tract infections and even Influenza. Newer research is now showing an association between low levels of Vitamin D and COVID-19. This is important for people with PCOS as vitamin D levels have been shown to be low.

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Best Ways to Lower Testosterone for PCOS

Are you finding your acne, body hair growth and thinning or shedding of hair happening more right now? And it doesn’t help that hair salons and wax centers are closed! These symptoms are common in PCOS people and is mostly due to high testosterone levels. Did you know that stress can worsen testosterone levels? Yup. Cortisol, the good old stress hormone, affects the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) pathway, the exact same system that manages most of the hormones associated with PCOS. Here are some effective ways to lower testosterone.

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How to cope with wanting to get pregnant in a fat body

Weight loss is heralded as the gold standard treatment for anyone in a fat body who wants to get pregnant (or any other ailment for that matter!). Even if you are *only thinking about* growing your family, you likely won’t have escaped the idea that somehow your weight will be a problem for getting pregnant, being pregnant and becoming a parent. This pressure to lose weight and judgement about our bodies can lead to difficult conversations with our healthcare providers, if we ever get through the door. It’s so common to put off seeing your doctor due to experiences of feeling judged and shamed in the doctor’s office. You just *know* the conversation is going to focus on your weight, so why even bother right? No matter what your body size, you are worthy of appropriate and respectful care. So how can you go about getting that care and how can you support yourself when things get difficult?

 

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Artificial Sweeteners and Health Risks for PCOS

Do you have PCOS and rely on artificial sweeteners to sweeten your food and beverages instead of caloric sweeteners? Maybe you heard too much sugar isn’t great for people with PCOS (or anyone) and find using low calorie sweeteners as an alternative.  While artificial sweeteners have been shown to be ‘Generally Recognized as Safe,’ or GRAS, in moderation, the safety use of low-calorie sweeteners has been controversial as more research has come out about the negative impact on health. New research has shown artificial sweeteners are not as great as once thought and can actually be harmful. Here are just a few reasons why artificial sweeteners may not be great for people with PCOS.

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The 10 Best Supplements for PCOS

While no pill or drink can replace a healthy diet and lifestyle, emerging research has shown that taking the right dietary supplements can help to improve PCOS. That’s because people with PCOS have been shown to be deficient in some key vitamins and minerals, many of which affect fertility and insulin resistance. Certain medications are also known to affect the absorption of specific nutrients. Here’s our list of the Top 10 nutrition supplements for people with PCOS.

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How to Heal Your Relationship with Food

Chances are, if you have PCOS you have been on at least one diet in your lifetime. For some, you may have done almost all the big ones (WW, Atkins, Jenny, and Nutrisystem), forking over thousands of dollars in hopes of losing weight. But where has it gotten you? And more importantly, what has it done to your relationship with food?

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