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Hello!<br><br><br><br>
I am wondering if anyone else around here suffers from Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome....?<br><br><br><br>
I was diagnosed with PCOS quite a while ago..., and things are beginning to play up as far as my insulin resistance goes. I currently have only 2 small cysts and have been technically infertile for almost 2 years, although I am hoping to and trying to change this with natural remedies (diet, herbs, relaxation), my cysts have so far reduced in both number and size.<br><br><br><br>
My specialist has now suggested that my insulin levels are just beginning to get out of control and if I continue to put on weight (I have put on 4kg in the last 3 weeks) then it is a good idea for me to go the low carbs diet for a while and try to stabilise my insulin levels. He suggested low carb, high protein and fibre .. also with sugar and yeast now, to a min.<br><br><br><br>
I don't want to and have refused so far to go on hormone or otherwise invasive treatments. My GP is ok with this as long as I can control/stabilise my weight/insulin with my diet.<br><br><br><br>
This sucks because my vegan diet is naturally carbohydrate high!!<br><br><br><br>
I know that PCOS is not extremly uncommon (although in varying degrees) so I figured there might be someone else floating around who has had a bit of experience with their insulin levels playing up....<br><br><br><br>
I am guess I am lucky in the fact that this is the first time my insulin has gone out of wack, naturally I am thin and keep a healthy diet. I don't like the idea of not being able to control weight gain and/or loss by keeping my healthy vegan diet and relative exercise.<br><br>
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cheeno, my best friend (almost 23) was diagnosed with PCOS last year. she is currently overweight - I would guess about 200 lbs and she is 5'2" - and is having a terrible time managing her weight. not to mention staying healthy overall.<br><br><br><br>
she is not veg*n, but her BF is veg and follows a whole foods/ayurvedan diet and so she is learning from him and adopting some of the lifestyle. she has a really hard time staying away from carbs, and her doctor told her to go on a really low carb diet. it's been tough.<br><br><br><br>
so unfortunately, I guess I don't have a lot of advice, but it sounds like you know more than she does (certainly more than I do) and I am hoping some people post with pointers. . . I am trying to learn more, because I want to help her. she's visiting me for two weeks this summer and I want to be able to do some nice things to help take care of her then.<br><br><br><br>
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cheeno, you CAN do low-carb low fat with vegan diet!!!<br><br><br><br>
-- Flax meal and soy flour (extremely low impact on insulin) can substitute at least 50% of the flour in homemade bread.<br><br><br><br>
-- Gluten burger (basically protein)<br><br><br><br>
-- Chana dal has the glycemic index of 8, which is as low as peanut (most rice and bread have GI of 80+). Most other Indian dal have very low impact on insulin too, try look in your HFS, they should carry these split pea (shouldn't be pricy, 1.20$/LB???). If you can't, I can sent a ton to you if you want, I am serious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
-- Try make your own plain soymilk b/c most sold in HFS have corn syrup kind of stuff. If that's too much hassle maybe you can try "Soyquick" or some soy protein power.<br><br><br><br>
-- Fiber stablize insulin like wonder.<br><br><br><br>
-- Eat fruits, but maybe less sugary kinds like ripe bananas (high GI) and more sour ones like grape fruit (GI=30).<br><br><br><br>
Hope this help a bit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
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I can't give you any advise on this.<br><br><br><br>
High protein diets scare me for the simple fact of all the evidence that points to long term problems with them.<br><br><br><br>
I had a friend who had the same problem, but her outcome is probably not what you want to hear, so I won't share it.<br><br><br><br>
She ate lots of carbs, but she up'ed her fibre intact to the 60-80g range (if I remember correctly). She ate mostly beans and lentils, crunchy veggies and fruit (mostly apples, for some strange reason).<br><br><br><br>
My mom is a diabetic and refused to take meds for most of her life (she's 69- she finally takes them now, sometimes...). The doctor told her high fibre and no white bread is the key. She told him what to do with his opinion of white bread (she loves it and home makes it), but she did up her fibre intact.<br><br><br><br>
If I were you, I would ask a nutritionist. Doctors don't know a lot about nutritient and food. They take a 2 week course and then whatever elective courses they may squeeze in over the years. Even my doctor admits I know more about nutrition then she does, and what she does know is mostly out of date.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Hi Everyone!<br><br><br><br>
Kristadb ~ I am going to the nutritionist on tuesday. I think I know she is going to tell me to lower my carbs & sugar up my fibre so I can stabilise my insulin. I don't think it is going to be very drastic though. Like not a "low carb" "high fibre" diet, just a bit of tweaking. I will see what she says anyhoo. I'm sorry for your friend that had PCOS. Fortunately and unfortunately I am aware of the possible outcomes of PCOS sufferes. Some times I get down because I wonder just what my next results will show... but what can you do? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Freemouse ~ **thankyou!****<br><br><br><br>
Matchgirl ~ I think it would be a good idea for your friend to find a Dr who understands and is confident in treating PCOS, if she doesn't already have one that is. I suppose I am lucky in the way that this is the first time my insulin has gone nutts, and I have never had a weight problem in my life as far as overweight/obesity is concerned. I think your friend should find a nutritionist as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I wish her luck.
 
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