Sunday, April 18, 2010

PCOS - Natural Soultions That Work

Treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Naturally

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), also known as Stein-Leventhal syndrome, is a common condition characterised by weight gain and difficult weight loss, menstrual irregularities and symptoms or excess levels of androgens. Many women have successfully treated their PCOS with the help of Natural therapies and the guidance and assistance of the MassAttack weight loss program.

Characteristic symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Infertility

  • Obesity

  • Slow weight loss

  • Weight gain

  • Insulin resistance

  • Diabetes

  • High blood pressure

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Menstrual problems

  • Infrequent menstrual periods

  • Increased body hair

  • Acne

  • High levels of testosterone

  • Polycystic ovaries

According to Narelle Stegehuis, founder of the MassAttack weight loss program for women, Polycystic ovarian syndrome is believed to be one of the most common hormonal abnormalities found in women affecting between 5 and 10% of women.

The cause of PCOS is poorly understood. One key factor in the development of PCOS is thought to be insulin resistance. The cells of the body become resistant to insulin, failing to respond normally. The body compensates for this by increasing insulin production, leading to hyperinsulinaemia.

It is normal for a woman with PCOS to experience rapid weight gain, period problems and some women experience excessive menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia). It is thought that approximately 50% of women with PCOS have elevated androgen levels. However, this figure depends on the androgen in question and the method of measurement. Women with PCOS have irregular menstrual cycles. They also may not ovulate with each menstrual cycle. Combined, these factors can lead to a woman with PCOS having difficulty falling pregnant. However, changing your diet to balance your hormones as outlined in the MassAttack weight loss program will help you to overcome your PCOS symptoms and balance your hormones naturally.

Other possible clinical manifestations of PCOS:
  • Blood lipid (cholesterol)

  • Metabolic syndrome

  • Miscarriage

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Metabolic syndrome and weight gain

  • Lowered metabolism

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Depression

  • Male-pattern balding
However, with control of insulin levels, many symptoms of PCOS, as well as the risk of complications, may be significantly reduced.

Obesity & glucose intolerance:

MassAttack is based on lifestyle modifications, including diet and exercise. These are the first things to consider in the management of obesity in PCOS. Weight loss has been shown not only to improve symptoms such as menstrual dysfunction in the short-term, but also to reduce the risk of long-term complications such as the development of diabetes. Women with PCOS often find weight loss extremely difficult. Weight loss has been shown to be effective in allowing a return to normal cycles and natural therapies are effective.

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