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The Future of PCOS Healthcare: A Talk by Dr. Fiona


I was delighted to give this talk at the 2017 PCOS Challenge symposium, and have put it up on YouTube so everyone can access it! Watch and learn why PCOS is a such a special condition, and why it requires a medical approach that takes every woman’s unique needs, life…

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Vitamin D Deficiency, PCOS, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis


A recent study was done on women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) who also have a vitamin D deficiency. The study found that these women fare better when they taken higher doses of the vitamin. The women in the study had improved glucose and lipid metabolism markers when they increased their…

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Green Tea Extract Proves Better Than Metformin for Metabolic Markers in Women


Green tea continues to prove itself as a healing powerhouse. A lot of women with PCOS take Metformin to manage their insulin resistance, but a simpler solution proves to be even better. In a recent study, green tea extract was shown to outperform Metformin in both lipid profile and glycemic control. 120…

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Magnesium and Zinc: Two Essential Minerals for PCOS


In PCOS, insulin resistance causes oxidative stress and inflammation to be carried in our blood. A recent study has shown that magnesium and zinc play an important role in antioxidant stress and inflammation. In the study, 60 women with PCOS were matched for BMI. They were randomized to either take…

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Artificial Sweeteners’ Effect on the Brain Reduces Impulse Control


A lot of people struggle to lose weight while dieting, and a new study may have determined why. The study was on artificial sweeteners and how they affect the brain, and the results were quite shocking. There are countless diet soft drinks that are marketed to dieters specifically because of…

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In Lean PCOS, Insulin Resistance is Often Missed, as Illustrated by This Study on the Microbiome


A new study just released on gut microbiome and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) showed some fascinating results: it showed that women with PCOS have fewer types of gut bacteria AND very different microbiomes than women who don’t have the condition. This study concluded that this effect was due to testosterone, rather…

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How Walnuts affect Insulin Levels


In a recent study, 28 subjects with high body mass index (but without diabetes), were chosen to test the effect that walnuts have on the body. Specifically, the study focused on why these nuts in particular are linked to better metabolic health. Two types of meals were selected for the…

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Dairy Products, and Their Link to Insulin Resistance


When most people think about low-fat dairy products, they don’t immediately think of a correlation with insulin resistance. After all, fat-free yogurt and kefir are touted as ideal health foods, especially if people want to lose weight, right? Well, not so right. A recent Iranian study, which followed 1,205 participants for…

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How to Test for Insulin Resistance: Your Comprehensive Guide


Knowing which test to order for insulin resistance can be confusing and negative tests for diabetes can be misleading. This article summarizes with accuracy which are the best tests to order to know definitively if you have insulin resistance and risks for metabolic conditions like diabetes.

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Metabolic Acne Part 2- Diet and Nutritional Interventions


In the last article we discussed how your adult acne may not be a function of your reproductive hormones, but instead your metabolic hormones. This is especially true of nodular, cystic acne that sits along the cheeks, and jaw line. Here we talked about how insulin and IGF-1 can be…

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