Firstly, thank you for your warmth and support with my recent health scare. Unfortunately, the PCOS diagnosis was confirmed by my OB yesterday. Fortunately, I have a definitive answer and a plan. I was prescribed 500 milligrams of Metformin twice daily (click to read more but in essence, it is diabetic drug) to help control my blood sugars which are doing some really irregular things.
My OB gave the most concise and clear explanation of PCOS which described it as a spectrum. Some women experience more metabolic syndrome (like myself), others endocrine problems (i.e. hertuism or excessive body hair), and others “PCOS” (in regards to abnormal menses, infertility, and cystic ovaries). And while most women dabble in all of these arenas, some have more problems in one arena than the others. Many women don’t discover the severity of their PCOS-like symptoms until they are trying to conceive. This is why PCOS is often times undetected until women run into problems conceiving.
My symptoms are much more related to weight gain, trouble losing weight, and insulin resistance than anything else, and my OB seems optimistic that we will be able to conceive (with some added effort) when and if our time comes. Have I lost you yet?
This is some seriously confusing, scary stuff. Infertility…type 2 diabetes…there’s so much to know. I am going to start a tab on my blog devoted to PCOS – as someone with PCOS and working in diabetes/insulin resistance, I hope I have something to offer to others. If you have any questions regarding PCOS or a carbohydrate-controlled diet, please send them to me at PreventionRD@gmail.com. I may not have an answer now, but I am devoted to combating this disease head-on and learning as much as I can about PCOS.
I will continue following a carbohydrate-controlled diet. And because my needs are different from others, my recipes may be on the moderate-carb side of things. One reader emailed me with the comment that I’ve been eating more meat, and that is absolutely true. Proteins and fats will be playing an integral role in my diet, and increasing lean animal proteins is one way I can prepare satisfying, carbohydrate-controlled meals.
Thank you again for all of your support! The blogosphere has proved to be a very warm crowd, and I am so grateful for that 😀 Hugs!
I promise to be catching up with everyone just as soon as I can! Life is busy Monday through Thursday (especially with evening hockey games!) and I’ve been taking some added time to just process this news and try and find all the positives in this situation. 🙂
Homemade enchiladas and sugar-free Baja Bob’s (virgin) margaritas for this chick tonight! But probably a Negro Modelo, too 😉
Thank you again.. 🙂
Happy Cinco de Mayo,