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"Welcome to my PCOS Blog" I'm Christie, 48, married to a much younger man and we have four dogs as our kids...

My personal crusade is to inform and educate women, men and the medical professionals on PCOS... Why? Knowledge is POWER! The info will save your life or someone you may or may not know...

PCOS is an endoctrine disorder affecting your whole body as a hormone imbalance...The PCOS symptoms wreak HAVOC through your entire body... Symptoms can be mild to extreme, one to numerous symptoms... You can be thin to obese...

My PCOS Journey started by a lingerie shop owner stating "You look like me"... We talked about PCOS a while...I kept mentally checking off all the symptoms she mentioned... My symptoms are mild, 28 of the 48 i found... I saw my doctor the next week, had a battery of tests done, researched everything i could find on PCOS... My diagnosis was PCOS, Metabolic Syndrome, Insulin Resistance (IR), Perimenopause, Hypertension, Rosacea and Preborderline Diabetes... My "Miracle Pill" is Glucophlage XR... On it i get thinner than when i was in 6th grade!

My blog posts are of info you need and should know...I urge you to pass the PCOS & Syndrome X word on... Yes, men get a version of PCOS called Syndrome X...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Metobolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)

By Dr. Scott Rigden, MD

Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)

What is it?

Metabolic Syndrome, a.k.a. Syndrome X, occurs in 24% of U.S. adults, or approximately 60-75 million Americans. It is usually associated with obesity. It is a condition that features the combination of insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia (excessive or too much insulin), which has profound health implications. It is commonly associated with coronary heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus type 2.  These individuals often have lipid profiles in which they have elevated triglycerides with low HDL levels (their triglyceride/HDL ratios are usually over 4.) Their fasting insulin levels are above 8.


Here are ten clues:

*  I cannot lose weight.
*  I tend to gain weight in the "apple" distribution.
*  I crave sugar and carbohydrates.
*  My energy levels are erratic.
*  I have a family history of diabetes.
*  I had a large baby (over nine pounds) and/or had gestational diabetes.
*  I have a history of polycystic ovaries.
*  I have non-European ancestry.
*  I have a tendency to hypertension and/or borderline blood sugars.
*  I have skin tags around my neck and upper body. 

The five clinical criteria doctors use to diagnose metabolic syndrome are listed below. If you have three of them, see your health provider for an in depth work-up.


*  Elevated waist circumference (greater than 40 inches in males and 35 inches in females)
*  Triglyceride levels above 150 mg/dl
*  Decreased HDL (less than 40 mg/dl for men and below 50 mg/dl for females)
*  Blood pressure above 130/85
*  Fasting glucose above 110 mg/dl


Posted at 08:57 am by ChristiewPCOS

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