I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome about five years ago. I was told I was also pre-diabetic and that I should stay away from carbohydrates like potatoes and pasta. I was not, however, told why. The doctor I was seeing prescribed medication to help me control this disease. I had lost a lot of my scalp hair since the age of 17 and was now covering my hair when out in public. I took the pills he prescribed and used the solution for about a year. It didn’t seem to really do much and it was costing me quite a lot each month. I was also told if I stopped taking the pills, which were to slow down the testosterone levels and stopped using the solution, any hair I regrew would fall out. And it’s not like I had a lot come back in the year that I used both. So, I went off it and semi-sort-of lost hope. I had begun trying to come to terms with the fact that I had lost so much hair and was trying to find positives about it. I was thinking that if I had to lose anything that my hair was better than an arm or an eye or something that I use more.
At the beginning of March we had a huge reunion for the high school I graduated from. I went and was enjoying myself. I met up with a good friend of mine and we were chatting about life when she asked me why I didn’t go to my doctor and ask for help regarding my hair loss. She said to tell him that it affects me psychologically and he will help me get a hair transplant. I didn’t think much of it at the time but a week later I searched online to see if my medical insurance would help me with such a thing. My search didn’t turn up anything about medical insurance helping me, but I did bring up a page that I opened up and started reading. The title on the site was “Living with PCOS Naturally” and it is written by a doctor who specialized in our disease. She wrote that you can reverse the effects of PCOS through diet. The one thing I picked up in that sitting was “Testosterone is elevated in women by excess insulin production stimulated by a diet high in refined carbohydrates.” I was just heading to work when I was online reading that site, so I bookmarked it on my computer but now had in my mind that I needed to go low carb for my diet.
In the next few days I looked in thrift shops for low carb cookbooks because I really didn’t know what is or isn’t low carb. I didn’t find anything for the first couple of days looking for a book. Then one day a friend of mine and I were in another thrift shop and she was looking in the books and found a book titled The Carbohydrate Addict’s Healthy Heart Program by Drs. Rachel and Richard Heller. She passed me the book, which is a pocket book, and I flipped through it. There are some recipes in the back so I decided to buy it. When I came home I started to read it and it was as though they were describing me and my situation. The book even mentions PCOS and how women with our disease are in line for heart disease. I know when I was seeing that doctor about my PCOS he told me I was pre-diabetic and I also had high cholesterol. Plus, my mom has heart disease. I knew I was at risk, but reading the book I just bought I realized I really was headed there.
With The Carbohydrate Addict’s Healthy Heart Program I changed my diet (They list what is low carb and what is high carb) and in the 18 days that I’ve been using the program I have lost 10 pounds and remarkably my hair is coming back in. I am so overjoyed it’s crazy! I have more hair growth in 18 days than I did in a year using pills and solutions. What I’m doing is balancing myself out and going low carb all day until dinner and eating 1/3 of my meal as high carbs balanced with protein and low carb vegetables. You need some high carbs in your diet or you will have massive headaches. This program is a low frequency carbohydrate program. But what’s cool is I am lowering my risk of heart attack and heart disease. I should not turn diabetic, which the book discusses how our bodies work and release insulin and what it does in our bodies. Basically I’m not creating as much testosterone as I have been all my life. I am controlling it by my diet. And it’s easy. Once you know what is low carb and what is not, you are off and running. There are also cookbooks in the Carbohydrate Addict’s series. I found one at the library the other day.
The site I found is at: www.drnandunne.com . There are lots of things on this site that will help you regain your life back to normal if you are affected by PCOS.
My life is completely changed for the better. Since I’ve been on this program my moods have changed. I’m happier. I used to get so angry and moody all the time. Little stuff would get me mad. I kept asking myself why I was so angry. Turns out carbohydrates create irritability and mood swings. Ha. Who knew? I am so much more laid back and back to good. What a thing to stumble onto. I will write more about my results later. I’m giving myself 6 months on the program to see substantial changes. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I hope you are well and happy.