Some of those comments have been from women who were surprised by some of the things I teach in the training. So, I thought I would let you know the most surprising truths about PCOS, things that will fundamentally change the way you think about your PCOS and the way that you deal with it.
It’s not just your ovaries. Your pancreas is involved too.
What? But it’s called Polycystic OVARIAN syndrome…
That’s true but its also misleading. Researchers have found that there are irregularities in the beta cells of the pancreas. They tend to over respond to glucose in your blood stream and release too much insulin as a result.
If we’re going to manage our PCOS, we have to manage our insulin levels as a priority.
Also, it means that even if you have a full hysterectomy and your ovaries and uterus removed, you’d still have PCOS because of the problems with insulin processing.
It’s not just your ovaries. Your adrenal glands are involved too
This one follows on from the last point. Remember that we have too much insulin floating through our blood stream? Well that insulin then causes our over sensitive ovaries and adrenal glands to produce too much testosterone – making our PCOS worse.
So, you can see how it comes back to that darn insulin.
Diet and lifestyle changes are more effective than medications in managing PCOS
Now, when we’re diagnosed with any kind of illness or condition, our first thought tends to be, “There must be a pill I can take for this”.
And you’d be right. There are medications you can take. BUT
- They’re not as effective as changing your diet and lifestyle changes
- They often have unpleasant side effects
- Your PCOS will get worse as soon as you stop taking them. So, how long do you take them for? Your whole life?
- They often only address one element of your PCOS. But, we both know that PCOS has far reaching consequences and we need a holistic approach to deal with ALL that it means for us, not just one aspect of it.
PCOS has a lot of symptoms
There are many of us who struggle with depression, anxiety, constant fatigue, low libido. And we think it’s just the way that we are. We try to treat each individual symptom, without realising that they are all linked to PCOS. And if we can address our PCOS, we will start to see an improvement in all of our symptoms, including our fatigue, libido and depression.
We need a plan
Unfortunately, there is no cure for PCOS (yet). It’s not going to go away any time soon. We can’t put our heads in the sand and hope that it will just all go away. It’s not going to happen.
The GREAT news is that there is so much that we can do to feel better, get relief from our symptoms and start to truly live without PCOS getting in our way. There is a way to tackle PCOS from all sides so that we can get it under control.
But, we need a plan to do it so that we can make sure that we have all of our bases covered. I call that plan “The PCOS Master Plan”.
The basics of the Master Plan are as follows:
- Eat well for your PCOS
- Take the right supplements
- Live well with PCOS
- Manage your symptoms
- Get your doctor involved
Each step of the plan should be addressed in that order as well.
I go into a lot of detail about The PCOS Master Plan in my free video training series. Although registration for the training is over, you can still sign up to get it sent to you via email.
If you would like to get involved in the training series, you can get it via email here:
Please let me know your thoughts on the training. Let me know what stood out the most for you! I look forward to hearing for you!
Tarryn is the founder of PCOS Diet Support, the top ranked PCOS diet & lifestyle site with over 160,000 users per month. As a fellow cyster there are no empty promises here, just facts