Thinking outside of the box

PCOS BlogRecently I was asked if the “environment” played a role in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The etiology or cause of PCOS has a “multifactorial pattern” meaning, there are many different factors that influence whether or not a young woman will be the “1 in 10” to be diagnosed with this syndrome. Basically, PCOS happens when there is an imbalance of certain hormones (chemical messengers) in the brain and the ovaries, but the exact cause is unknown. We do know however, that the environment has an important role.

When most people think of environmental factors as a cause of a health problem, I imagine exposure to toxins such as radiation and chemicals are the first things that come to mind. But the sun is also in the same category and so is what we ingest. Diet; what we eat and drink plays a huge environmental role in PCOS.

Doctors have long recognized that genetic factors contribute to PCOS (you are more likely to have it if a close female- mother, sister, or aunt has it), but diet is also key. Knowing the right foods to eat as well as the kinds of food to limit can improve the way you feel. It can also help you to lose weight. Losing even 5% of your body weight can get your period back on track.
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– Nurse Phaedra