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After 6 months of TTC and nothing happening and only 3 cycles (2 of which were only brought on by Provera) I am finally diagnosed with PCOS.
I checked out a book at the library on it and alot of the symptoms I have. Depression, HEadaches, Skin Tags, Weight gain, trouble losing weight. . And I have always had a problem with sugar. If I eat too much sugar I get shaky and shake uncontrollably and feel nausea.
So I have read on here that alot of people have lost weight and gotten pregnant! I am 5'3 and 145 pounds so not terribly overweight but I was always around 105-110 up until last year. Is that enough of a weight gain that would cause PCOS to flair up? What Diet do you recommend for someone with PCOS to try to lose weight and gain fertility?? Any help is appreciated.
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there is a lot of information on the website www.soulcysters.net
aside from that, I personally find I do the best eating whole & unprocessed foods. I have no problem with natural sugars (ie in fruits) and have lost 30 pounds this way and had two babies
another common recommendation is to eat a low carb diet.

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http://www.obgyn.net/pcos/pcos.asp?p...iet_mckittrick


I heard this is reliable Good luck, girl.

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Stick to a low glycemic diet - think low carb. If you eat bread/pasta, make it whole wheat. If you eat rice, go with basmati rice. Stay away from starches and complex carbs. Fruit is fine. Eat lots of veggies!

You can google a low GI diet, which is the most recommended diet for women with PCOS.

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You can cure your pcos! Your body is severely iodine deficient! Have your doctor check your iodine levels and see for yourself. I have some links that support this...



http://www.hacres.com/diet/articles/Iodine.pdf[/url]

http://www.iodine4health.com/body/ov...as_ovaries.htm[/url]

http://www.hacres[/url]. com/diet/ articles/ Iodine.pdf

http://iodine4health.com/ortho/flechas_ortho.htm[/url]


Here are some links to a radio broadcast, that discusses the importance of iodine, the deficiencies, symptoms, and curing it...
Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IusI...eature=related

Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPDKcNBUGqo

part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyKaNclMkOw

part 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqwNVyP88Ck

part 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-JkPSkbft8

part 6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aGONeXjcX0



Apparently soulcycters has a thread about it too, and web_diva is also very well informed, she has pcos and is on 50 mg of iodoral every day and seeing wonderful improvements!

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LETS TNOT MAKE BLANKET ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT SOMEONE'S HEALTH!

although some women have trouble with iodine, it is actually a slightly different though sometime overlapping problem. be very careful before self treating. iodine is something that you can overdose on and also become sensitive to.

remember to always run everything through a rigorous learning, every thing that you find on the internet is not right, far from it. some of it is. this is the big problem. good luck.

and yes that is enough weight gain to trigger things, it is just what happened to me. in my personal experience i have never felt better since keeping to the foods laid out in "The GI Diet" book by Rick Gallop.

good luck and my advice it to take each step slowly and take one at a time, that way you are more likely to understand the why and also to see what works.

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That's interesting. I became suspicious that I had low iodine levels last year so I've purposely included more high iodine foods in my diet.

I have not found anything that cures my pcos however eating a very healthy whole foods low GI diet has really helped. I think organic food is preferable especially organic animal products.

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LETS TNOT MAKE BLANKET ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT SOMEONE'S HEALTH!
I'm not making an assumption, I'm stating facts, considering 90-95% of ALL americans are low on iodine. We hardly get the RDA and that itself is soooo small, your thyroid needs 5mg of iodine, your breasts need 5mg and the rest of your body needs at least 2mg. The miniscule amount that we do get in our diet is inhibited from being used by our body because of fluoride, chlorine, bromine/bromide(in bread) these halogens flood your thyroid and block the iodine from getting into your thyroid, goitrogenic foods like soy, broccoli, spinach, mustard, peanuts, etc. and even lead and mercury.

Women supplementing 50-150mg per day of iodine/iodide supplement see reversal of their condition.

I challenge you to get your levels tested and try supplementing for 3 or 6 months.

I am not encouraging you to treat yourself, I am encouraging you to take control of your health, no one knows your body like you do. See your own doc, have him test your levels(get ready to put up a fight since most insist you dont need it) let him prescribe you the iodine it'll probably be iodoral or lugol's iodine.


MoonStar- I'm glad you have upped your intake of iodine rich foods but you are most likely still very deficient, people this deficient taking 50mg a day for 9 months still havent reached sufficiency. Your body alone must have a iodine store of 1500mg, your thyroid should have a store of about 10% of that. Once you have reached sufficiency your body will excrete what it does not need.

Please, please get tested so that you can start improving your health.

My mother and I have been supplementing and have seen excellent results over just 1 month. I don't have my iodoral yet as I'm waiting for it to be shipped but I found Liquid dulse at the health food store and have been using that getting around 2mg a day until recently where my mother and I both upped the dose to about 4mg.
My mom has seen improvement in memory, this is a big one because ever since I can remember my mom has forgotten EVERYTHING! Now she is beginning to remember when she's placed something somewhere, she is also losing weight slowly, she has more energy, and she has become more umm regular.

I too have higher energy levels (I get lots done during the day and still have energy at night, thats with two kids!) , great mental clarity (no more brain fog, even I am remembering better, like where I put my keys) I'm also losing weight easier than I ever have before (down 35 pounds), and um regularity.

Iodine isn't enough though, you also need selenium, vitamin e, and zinc to help your body process the iodine. Taking these also help your body detox the fluoride, bromide, chloride, lead and mercury stored up in your body.
Remember you also need to support your adrenal glands as iodine deficiency affects your adrenals since they pick up the slack of they thyroid (creates the hormones for your whole body) siberian ginseng is what I am taking since I am bfing, and my mom is taking licorice root. You could get dessicated adrenals but I feel that is just giving your body what it needs not helping make what it needs.
We also take fish oil and a good multi that has most of what we need and supplement what it doesn't have.

Hope some of you are able to use this information to heal yourselves.
Also I found a good source of iodoral for $33 for a bottle of 180 pills that each contain 12.5mg of iodine/iodide.

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Couple other things, people with sensetivities to iodine are people that are lacking it in most cases, my hubby is a prime example, for that you merely need to start very slowly and increase the dose gradually.

Some people are allergic to iodine but if you've eaten iodized salt then you are most likely not allergic.

The only way to "overdose" on iodine is if you are already sufficient in iodine and still have a high intake of iodine, I'm talking 20mg everyday (AFTER sufficiency is reached) and even then it's reversible, one merely needs to decrease the dose a bit and any symptoms will go away.

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would you please post links to some reviewed research on this.
now i know that RDA is sometimes way off, but the amounts you are talking about is 100's of time more than the recommended amount, i would love to see the research.

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Ok so I found out I am allergic to Eggs. Sooo now what to eat for breakfast on the first 2 weeks of a NO carb Diet. Im not supposed to have any fruit which is what I usually eat for breakfast. No oatmeal, no bread, no crackers, no muffins, no biscuits. . this is what I eat for breakfast. I have been eating bacon and a cheese stick for breakfast but somethings gotta change. Any idea?
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Ok so I found out I am allergic to Eggs. Sooo now what to eat for breakfast on the first 2 weeks of a NO carb Diet. Im not supposed to have any fruit which is what I usually eat for breakfast. No oatmeal, no bread, no crackers, no muffins, no biscuits. . this is what I eat for breakfast. I have been eating bacon and a cheese stick for breakfast but somethings gotta change. Any idea?
What about cottage cheese and tomatos? I love that combo. Or Greek Style yogurt? The full fat of dairy is supposed to be great for fertility, and the greek is high in protein and low in sugar if its plain. Mix it with a high protein/fiber cereal, like Kashi Go Lean, and maybe some fresh fruit or something? I think its better then just bacon and cheese....

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What about cottage cheese and tomatos? I love that combo. Or Greek Style yogurt? The full fat of dairy is supposed to be great for fertility, and the greek is high in protein and low in sugar if its plain. Mix it with a high protein/fiber cereal, like Kashi Go Lean, and maybe some fresh fruit or something? I think its better then just bacon and cheese....
Where do you buy greek style Yogurt? I have never seen it before. What does it taste like? Im not supposed to have any sugar or fruit the first 2 weeks.
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would you please post links to some reviewed research on this.
now i know that RDA is sometimes way off, but the amounts you are talking about is 100's of time more than the recommended amount, i would love to see the research.
here is one link I've been reading today... I have tons of them but I'll try to pick through them to find the most informative ones..

"Iodine and PCOS (here is the link for the source)

(33) http://www.optimox.com/pics/Iodine/pdfs/IOD02.pdf
Orthoiodosupplementation: Iodine sufficiency of the whole human Guy. E. Abraham M.D.1, Jorge D. Flechas M.D.2 and John C. Hakala R.Ph.Our preliminary experience with I supplementation at 12.5 mg/day. Our findings in 3 patients with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) confirmed the positive response observed following supplementation with 10 to 20 mg of potassium iodide by Russian investigators 40 years ago (62). Prior to I supplementation, those PCOS patients were olygomenorrheic, menstruating one or twice a year. Following I supplementation for 3 months, they resumed normal monthly cycles.

(34) http://optimox.com/pics/Iodine/opt_Research_I.shtml
Listing of Iodine publications at the Optimox Web Site.

(35) http://optimox.com/pics/Iodine/IOD-10/IOD_10.htm
Orthoiodosupplementation in a Primary Care Practice Jorge D. Flechas, M.D.
Iodine deficiency may cause the ovaries to develop cysts , nodules and scar tissue. At its worse this ovarian pathology is very similar to that of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). As of the writing of this article I have five PCOS patients. The patients have successfully been brought under control with the use of 50 mg of iodine per day. Control with these patients meaning cysts are gone, periods every 28 days and type 2 diabetes mellitus under control.

(36) http://cypress.he.net/~bigmacnc/drflechas/index.htm
HelpMyThyroid, George Flechas MD web site"


btw the radio links I provided earlier are VERY informative.


http://www.vickeryseaplantminerals.com/Page.html
http://www.iodine4health.com/basic/iodinegroup.htm

Here is one on symptoms

Here's another, mostly about how fluoride negatively affects us with lots of links

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Where do you buy greek style Yogurt? I have never seen it before. What does it taste like? Im not supposed to have any sugar or fruit the first 2 weeks.
You can get Greek yogurt at Whole Foods, trader Joes, etc... I even know they sell it at Wal-Mart if that is your only option. It's brand name is sometimes FAGE or OKINOS. It's tangy and not sweet, but it is delicious with fruit in it.

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