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PCOS & Breastfeeding Issues

Posted by Allie on 6th August 2017

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The correlation between breastfeeding problems and PCOS is not yet confirmed. However, it’s been proposed that some women with PCOS may experience difficulties with breastfeeding and producing an adequate amount of milk.

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15 Key Facts about PCOS

Posted by Allie on 6th May 2017

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PCOS is one of the most common endocrine conditions affecting women of reproductive age. Here are 15 other important facts and figures about the condition [...]

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PCOS and Low Self-Esteem Part II: Tips For Boosting Your Self-Esteem

Posted by Allie on 30th March 2017

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In Part I of this two-part blog on self-esteem we explored how and why PCOS might impact a woman’s self-esteem. Here we explore some ways to help boost your self-esteem and start challenging the negative thoughts and beliefs you may hold about yourself [...]

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PCOS and Low Self-Esteem: Part I

Posted by Allie on 30th March 2017

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In the first of this two-part blog, we look at what self-esteem is, the causes of low self-esteem and why women with PCOS experience it. In the second part of the blog we explore ways to build up your self-esteem and live more confidently with PCOS [...]

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Travelling & Eating Healthily with PCOS

Posted by Allie on 10th February 2017

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When I first started managing my PCOS through diet in my early 20s, one of the major questions in my mind before I set off on my travels was definitely, “What on earth am I going to eat there?!” The good news is that with some planning and organisation it can be much easier than you’d think to maintain a healthy way of eating when travelling [...]

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Can eating more frequently help insulin levels in PCOS?

Posted by Allie on 24th January 2017

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The majority of women with PCOS have insulin resistance, regardless of their weight, which can lead to long term health issues such as type 2 diabetes. Although research has indicated that, for example, low glycemic index diets and eating a higher calorie meal for breakfast can improve insulin resistance, the optimal way of eating for women with PCOS is still unknown. Now a new study (1) has found that distributing calories over six meals a day, rather than three, benefits insulin sensitivity in PCOS [...]

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How to Have Yourself a Healthier Christmas

Posted by Allie on 3rd December 2016

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Christmas is fast approaching and it’s officially party season! We all know what that inevitably involves – the endless supply of chocolates and cakes that keep appearing in the office, drinks and yet more drinks with friends and colleagues, not to mention the abundance of rich foods that feature on every Christmas menu [...]

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The Benefits of Berberine for Women with PCOS

Posted by Allie on 18th November 2016

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PCOS is one of the most common endocrine disorders affecting women of reproductive age. Increased insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia are believed to play a key role in the pathogenesis of the condition. Now an increasing body of evidence has found that supplements, such as inositol and berberine, can improve some PCOS symptoms [...]

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Yoga for PCOS: How It Can Help

Posted by Allie on 29th September 2016

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Research has shown that yoga can improve PCOS symptoms and factors associated with the condition. For example, studies have found it improved hirsutism and menstrual frequency in adolescents with PCOS. Yoga has also been shown to improve sleep, quality of life, mood, anxiety and insulin resistance [...]

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PCOS & Inositol

Posted by Allie on 30th August 2016

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Insulin resistance has been found to affect approximately 50-80% of women with PCOS, regardless of their weight. It has typically been treated with insulin sensitizing medications, such as metformin. However, research has found that a naturally occurring insulin sensitizer called inositol is also an effective therapeutic option for women with PCOS and can improve symptoms [...]

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PCOS & Diabetes

Posted by Allie on 12th July 2016

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Women with PCOS are at higher risk of long term health issues such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. In fact, approximately 30% of those with PCOS have type 2 diabetes and, conversely, 27% of premenopausal women with diabetes also have PCOS. Relatively few studies have examined the prevalence of type 1 diabetes in the condition [...]

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Top 3 Things You Can Do Today To Help Manage PCOS

Posted by Allie on 5th July 2016

Although there’s a wealth of information available to read on PCOS, it can sometimes be confusing to know where to start with getting symptoms under control. There’s no quick fix to managing PCOS but here are 3 ways you can start helping yourself now [...]

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PCOS & Vitamin D Deficiency

Posted by Allie on 14th May 2016

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Highly prevalent in the general population, vitamin D deficiency is also common in women with PCOS. Deficiency is linked with symptoms such as excessive hair growth (hirsutism), fertility difficulties and insulin resistance [...]

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Beauty: Homemade Turmeric Face Mask

Posted by Allie on 15th April 2016

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Turmeric (curcuma longa) is a spice that comes from a plant native to the South Asian region. It’s typically added to foods but has long been used in certain parts of the world as a cosmetic and skin care product due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Research has found that using turmeric on the skin can help improve conditions such as acne or excessive oiliness. This may be good news for women with PCOS who suffer from acne or skin problems, which are symptoms of the condition [...]

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PCOS & Sleep Disturbances Part II: Tips to Manage

Posted by Allie on 18th March 2016

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As sleep is so vital for our health and wellbeing, managing any disturbances or issues is crucial. However, sleep issues in women with PCOS appear to be going largely undetected and the European Society of Endocrinology has recommended that all obese women diagnosed with PCOS are screened for sleep disorders [...]

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PCOS & Sleep Disturbances Part I: Types, Causes & Health Implications

Posted by Allie on 18th March 2016

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Sleep is essential to wellbeing and believed to enable our bodies perform restorative and rejuvenating processes. However, there is some evidence that women with PCOS can experience difficulties sleeping, which may have longer term health implications [...]

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Chia Seeds: Health Craze or Here to Stay?

Posted by Allie on 21st February 2016

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Sometimes it seems like there is always a new health food or drink that suddenly becomes fashionable and it can be hard to know which ones are actually worth the hype. You may have heard of chia seeds, which are becoming increasingly popular as an easy and nutritious addition to a healthy diet, but are they really worthy of all the attention? [...]

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Preparing for PCOS Medical Appointments

Posted by Allie on 19th February 2016

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For some women, getting diagnosed with PCOS may come after a long and difficult journey to get answers. It’s natural to fear the unknown and medical appointments can feel daunting or intimidating for some. It’s important to be prepared as these appointments are an opportunity to speak with professionals to further educate yourself and make informed health decisions [...]

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'It’s All in the Timing': Can Meal Timing Improve PCOS?

Posted by Allie on 10th January 2016

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Women with PCOS are often advised to lose weight to help manage symptoms and improve their chances of getting pregnant. However, not all women with the condition are overweight and weight loss is therefore not an appropriate option for all [...]

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Make your Own Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

Posted by Allie on 8th January 2016

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It was while researching and writing the article,'PCOS, Chemicals & Why You Want to Avoid Them', that I fully started to realise the potential impact of everyday household cleaning products on our health, especially as a woman with PCOS [...]

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Maca: The Fertility Enhancer

Posted by Allie on 30th October 2015

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Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a plant that grows in the Peruvian Andes and has been used for centuries by native people for its medicinal properties. It's also gained a lot of worldwide recognition in recent years for its nutritional benefits [...]

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Making Lifestyle Changes: Are You Ready?

Posted by Allie on 14th October 2015

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Chances are that if you're reading this article on the Positive Health Blog, you've read up on the huge benefits of lifestyle changes on PCOS symptoms and your general health. Sometimes though it's easier said than done to make and maintain changes. If it was as easy as reading that something's good for you to completely overhaul your diet and keep up that gym routine, we'd all be doing it! [...]

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Low GI Diet: My Experience

Posted by Allie on 12th September 2015

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When I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) at 19, the consultant sent me off with a leaflet on the condition and a prescription for a drug called Metformin. She told me that I needed to lose weight, that it would help my symptoms. I am sure that consultant had the very best intentions for my care but I walked out of the hospital feeling so frustrated. I had just been told I would be taking tablets every day without even knowing how they worked and without being given any lifestyle or nutritional advice [...]

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Cinnamon: The PCOS Wonder Spice

Posted by Allie on 5th September 2015

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Versatile and sweet, it's hard not to love the warming taste and scent of cinnamon. Not only can it can be added to lots of different foods, it also appears to improve insulin sensitivity which may have real benefits for women with PCOS [...]

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Mind and Body Connection: The Power of Our Thoughts

Posted by Allie on 16th August 2015

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We may find that we're not enjoying optimal health for a variety of reasons including the foods we chose to eat, the activities and exercise we do, and our environment. There is an increasing body of research showing that emotions also have a big role to play in our health. Being diagnosed with a chronic health condition, such as PCOS, can stir a variety of emotions - anxiety about a diagnosis, fear of what the future holds, or maybe anger at having these health problems in the first place thinking, "Why me?" These can be normal reactions to a challenging and often uncertain situation [...]

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