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Is Taking Birth Control Pills A Band-Aid Treatment For PCOS?

I remember in my early training that the first question to ask a patient with polycystic ovary syndrome was: "Are you trying to get pregnant?" If no, hand them the birth control pill. If yes, choose between clomid, a fertility drug, and metformin, an insulin sensitizer. No questions related to lifestyle, stress, nutrition, total toxic burden – there were 29 more patients to get to that day. It turns out, many lifestyle changes have been shown to pull someone out of the metabolic chaos of PCOS, therefore decreasing their chances of developing comorbidities such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, sleep apnea, anxiety, depression and infertility. Insulin resistance is one of the root physiological imbalances in most, if not all, PCOS. This is where your pancreas needs to pump out more and more insulin in response to high blood sugar levels. Insulin lowers the blood sugar by storing the glucose in cells. The cells become resistant to the constant insulin and need more to be signaled to lower the blood sugar. When this resistance goes on for a while, you have high insulin and high blood sugar. Incidentally, insulin is a fat storage hormone, concentrating fat in the belly region. High insulin levels can tell the ovaries to make more testosterone. That's why some women with PCOS have symptoms of excess androgens, like dark hairs on the face and belly. Ask for a fasting insulin and fasting glucose level to be drawn, along with a HgbA1C (an average of blood...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Source: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Health Promotion : AJHP - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Am J Health Promot Source Type: research
Do you ever get tired of maintaining your life? Not making it Instagram worthy or Facebook ready. But just getting to where you feel almost normal. It’s a lot of work when you’re juggling life with an illness. It requires more than an occasional spa trip. It requires patience, and lots of loving, supportive people. It takes a village, and team. It can take time to build a toolkit and support system so be kind to yourself. And never think you’re being selfish. Knowing what you need and setting boundaries impact your health and happiness and in return affect those you love. As you work on creating the ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Best of Our Blogs Source Type: blogs
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Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Heart Tests (Medical) O'Donnell, Rosie Source Type: news
Type 2 diabetes is a pandemic disease with an incidence that has risen steadily over recent decades. Experimental evidence in animals has demonstrated that intestinal bypass surgery of the upper small intestine, particularly the duodenum, has an important role in glucose homoeostasis. Furthermore, Roux-en-Y bypass performed as bariatric surgery has shown to correct hyperglycaemia from the first postoperative days in obese diabetic patients. Therefore, on the basis of these considerations, duodenal mucosal resurfacing was studied in type 2 diabetes patients as a minimally invasive procedure that could offer an alternative t...
Source: Digestive Diseases - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
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Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - Category: OBGYN Source Type: news
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Source: Frontiers in Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
DIABETES type 2 symptoms can include unexplained weightless, fatigue and blurred vision. These can also be signs of less serious health problems, which is why the condition can be difficult to detect. But if diabetes is left untreated it can lead to a number of health complications. A balanced diet and exercise are the best ways to treat it, but some health experts also recommend taking supplements.
Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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