Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum
Epona, I saw an article on PCOS on Facebook a couple of months back and a lot of what I researched on it sounded like what I've got going on. How do they diagnose it?
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with me they were operating on me and saw it but a higher A1C is a good indication...if you read about, and striclty follow an "insulin reducing" diet (it won't hurt and I'm 100% sure it will help you) youll start to lose weight which will help your problems...even 5 lbs makes a difference for me.
You can also look up "syndrome x" - more improtant than the diagnosis is eating the right foods.
My doctor told me it's a "tough row to hoe" because if you have PCOS ou body will turn most carbohydrates directly to fat (unlike someone who doesn't have it).
That means No sugar of any sort, No caffeine, No alcohol, No bread/cake/cookies/pasta/pancakes etc., No root veggies except raw carrots, No high glycemic fruits (so stick to berries (mainly), apples, pears, and peaches). No processed foods at all. No sweet condiments like ketsup. If you buy yogurt, it must be plain and you can add your own low glycemic fruit to it. Basically look at the nutritional lable and if it contains sugars stay away except for plain dairy products as yogurt contains sugars.
The god news is you can eat as much of the allowed foods as you want and still lose...once you've been on it a while, you'll naturally want to eat less as all the triggers will be out of your diet.
Here's what to eat:
20 grams of protein at each meal no matter what, tons of veggies, 2 fruits per day (see above - eat with protein) nuts and seeds as snacks, ground nuts and seeds as cereal, dairy products, meat, fish, chicken, turkey, lots of green veggies and others excluding root (see above), 1 salad per day as your meal. You can also eat fats like oils (very important - better quality oils are best) and you can even haver some whipping cream but don't over do it...if you can follow this I guarantee you you will lose weight immediatly.
I will warn you, if you've been eating carbs and sugar and processed food, the first 3-4 days of this will be hellish but after that you'll start to feel better than you've felt in ages. One slip up can mees you up again though and then you'll have to go through your 3-4 days of hell again.
It's tough but doable and really necessary to be healthy as the heavier you get, the worse your problems become...especially as you age (I'm 53).
PS there are PCOS forums and you can google how it's diagnosed. Te diet will work for you either way.