Natural MD Radio: PCOS – The Hidden Metabolic Syndrome



Reposted September 1, 2018

PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, is a hormone condition thought to affect more than 5 million women in the United States alone. No one really knows what causes PCOS, though there are many theories – at first it was thought to be caused by sex hormone imbalances, but we now know that the condition is caused by insulin resistance.

PCOS is considered to be a harbinger of metabolic syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes, which means it’s so important for us to pay attention to it and treat it properly. Listen in to hear what causes PCOS, what the symptoms and side effects are, and how you can tackle it naturally.

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Show Notes:

  • What is PCOS
  • How PCOS leads to increased circulating testosterone
  • The genetic and environmental components of PCOS
  • How to know you have PCOS
  • How to take a natural approach to dealing with PCOS
  • The best results are a combination of lifestyle changes plus supplements
  • How to balance your blood sugar
  • The importance of breakfast
  • Why you shouldn’t eat after 7 pm
  • How to nourish your adrenals
  • Why I started meditating
  • What environmental factors you can eliminate
  • How to optimize your body’s detoxification

“How we think about stress can have a tremendous impact on how stress affects us.” – Aviva Romm

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Cameron Bellestri

Great info, thank you! I have done everything on your list, except I do drink wine or a cocktail (vodka/sparkling water). I lost 98 lbs about 9 years ago when I found out I had PCOS and have kept most off even after having a baby. I do take metformin and Chromium Picolinate. I workout (HIIT) five days a week and eat a organic gluten free and mostly dairy free diet. I'm in great shape but I know the wine I do drink is causing it to be more difficult to keep my back mid-section trim. Is there a supplement that might be helpful to take when I do have wine or cocktails? My husband and I love wine and tastings and it's just something we don't want to give up. I workout extra hard and eat healthy to supplement. :) Just looking for extra tips! :)

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    Diana

    Hi just a quick question were yu able to get pregnant yu have any kids?

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      Emma

      Hi I have pocs an I have 2 kids just takes longer it took me 7 years to have my first

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Michelle Douma-Taylor

Best information thus far

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keri

Incredibly informative & well done! Exactly what I've been looking for! Thank you!

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Michelle

I know that you have this where you can read it from a link on facebook, but I have not been able to find it on your website.

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Michelle, Are you looking for the link to listen to the podcast? If yes, please click on the link below! http://avivaromm.wpengine.com/polycystic-ovary-syndrome Warmly, Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

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Brittany

You have given me more information than any doctor I have seen so far. Thank you, very much appreciated!

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Halei Taylor

All the research I've done and all the doctors I've seen have said there really isn't a medication for PCOS just wait loss. This has given me so much encouragement I couldn't thank you enough. So very informative and helpful!

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Celina Rajkumar

I am 110 lbs. A few years ago I went from 167lbs to 107. I eat as often as I can. No rice, carbs, sugars, bread, flowers, potatoes. My diet is very well and I'm really strict about it. I guess I have to try these supplements and remember to take it on time. My body is small, but I have a crazy amount of hair growing on my face and it is thick. My hair falls out all the time, very thin and I have bald spots.

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Jennifer

Is there a good multivitamin to take to help with this.

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    aviva

    I recommend "food based" multi's - there are many good companies, for example, Rainbow Lite Women's One (but it doesn't have methylfolate, just regular folic acid) and Whole Foods 365 brand that are easily accessible.

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Casey

I was diagnosed with pcos but I would love to know many things to help me lose weight

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Joni

I have PCOS and i had bren taking metformin for a while to help with insulin resistance and for cycles. Last September i was at 290 and decided it was time for a change. I started tracking my calorie intake, watching the carbs and getting exercise. From that time until March of this year when i found out i was pregnant i had dropped 52 pounds. I think thats the healthiest i had ever felt or been. After the baby is born, around November, i will be going back to my program. I just want to give my testimony of what can be accomplished when you dont give up and encourage others to do the same.

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    Vicki

    Hi Joni What is your recommendation for a good program in weight loss?

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      Megan Liebmann

      Hi Vicki and Joni, Vickie, really tuning into what Aviva lays out both in the podcast and in the blog she wrote on PCOS is a really wonderful place to start. And Joni, Thank you so much for sharing your story, it's inspiring!! And, congrats on baby! Warm wishes, Megan- Aviva Romm’s Executive Assistant and Online Nutrition Expert

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Sarah

Anyway for a deaf mama who needs this info in a written form? So appreciated

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Sarah, Aviva does have this in written form! Here is a direct link.... http://avivaromm.wpengine.com/pcos-natural-prescription/ Warm wishes, Megan- Aviva's executive assistant and Functional Health Coach

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Elizabeth Carranza

Such great information! I was diagnosed 7 years ago and this is the best info I have received thus far! Going to the pdf now! Thank you so much!!

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    Aviva

    You are so welcome!!! :)

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Rebekah

Thank you so much for this concise and not overwhelming info on treating PCOS naturally! Since stumbling upon this, I (and my husband) have flown through about half of your podcasts in the last 2 days; they're fantastic. After hearing from you and other well reputed NDs, I have the confidence and courage to begin my journey of treating the cause(s) of my PCOS and to say "no" to my GYN when she offered the pill as "treatment". Again, thank you. I'm so hopeful. My question: several products from the Kan Herb Co contain licorice and peony - which product do you recommend from them? Along with that, does the type of peony matter? I'm seeing red, pink, white and purple in various brands.

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    Amanda Swan

    Hi Rebekah! I am the nurse practitioner in Dr Romm's practice, and I often hop in to answer comments and questions since Dr Romm doesn't always have time to get to them all! Dr Romm's recommended products can be found in her online dispensary, which can be accessed here: http://avivaromm.wpengine.com/supplements/ Best of luck! ~amanda, APRN

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Dre

Hi! Wondering what if means if you have high testosterone, and polycystic ovaries (have been diagnosed with pcos) but the insulin/glucose tolerance test shows that I am insulin sensitive (low fasting insulin, 1 and 2 hour post glucose drink in normal range for insulin and glucose). Can you have pcos without the insulin resistance? I am mostly on a paleo diet, would my results show insulin resistance if I added in more carbs to my daily routine? Thanks!

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    Aviva

    Hi Dre, Yes - this can happen - much is still evolving in our understanding of PCOS - and not ALL women have the insulin resistance component in which case following the protocol for lowering the testosterone related symptoms is the path I take in my practice.

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Sam H

Hi, I would love to know more about PCOS and the peri-menopausal woman. I done the fertility and pregnancy issues, and had nearly all of them. I want to know about this condition for my next 10yrs (I'm 43) and how to manage it). I battle with weight/hirsutism/hair loss. My periods were awful when I had them. I have a coil which I also hate, I dread to think what it's doing to my body. Can you blog or podcast with this focus please. There must be so many women out there who are hitting this time of life now with this condition Thanks Sam

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    Aviva Romm

    Yes and much more to come! My next book. the Hidden Hormone Epidemic will present much more. But overall, the protocol in this article, especially blood sugar awareness, are the most important protective factors - and a healthy diet with lots of veggies and berries is so health protective! :)

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mary schmidt

Great content! Thank you so much for making this available.

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