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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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Knowledge is POWER!

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Thursday, April 12, 2007
New PCOS Treatment Guidelines...

2004 AACE

Endocrinologist's New PCOS Treatment Guidelines
Finally, a major medical association has stepped up to call for more aggressive treatment of PCOS also known as polycystic ovary syndrome. This new report should help with the epidemic of uninformed doctors who still see PCOS as a minor cosmetic complaint.

The American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) issued a statement recently advising doctors to take PCOS seriously. After decades of treating PCOS as a cosmetic or fertility issue doctors are now advised to address the metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors associated with PCOS.

"Data has been building up for the last 15 years," said Rhoda H. Cobin, MD, chair of the AACE task force on PCOS. "This is the first time anybody has put everything together and come forward to say, 'we need a call to action.' "

The AACE is to be applauded as the first professional society to come out with a statement pushing doctors to recognize the underlying medical risks in PCOS.  The organization is calling for "widespread case finding" of PCOS, along with screening and treatment for the hidden risks of the condition, including myocardial infarction, stroke, and the complications of uncontrolled diabetes, such as retinopathy, kidney failure, and amputation. PCOS may also increase the risk of high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.

Early PCOS treatment can reduce risk of early death and debilitating complications. What are the most effective treatments for PCOS? Lifestyle modification including exercise, controlled eating, and tobacco avoidance are very important to future health, according to the experts.

While metformin, also sold as Glucophage. is now recommended as the drug of first choice for treating PCOS, there are many treatments that do not have the sometimes difficult side effects of metformin. Studies on diabetics have shown that real lifestyle changes such as exercise and diet can have a more powerful effect than metformin. In 2001 the AACE began recommending that women with PCOS be screened for diabetes by age 30.

Insulin resistance occurs in at least 75% of PCOS sufferers. The AACE recommends that women with PCOS be evaluated for insulin resistance including low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL), increased triglycerides levels, hypertension, and insulin resistance with increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

The Nurses' Health Study followed 116,000 women aged 25 to 42 years for eight years. Women with irregular periods had an increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus of 2.0- to 2.5-fold in women with a history of irregular periods. About 80% of women with irregular menstrual cycles have underlying PCOS, according to the authors of the AACE position paper. Treating PCOS effectively can make a significant difference in how women feel about themselves in addition to improving overall health.

You can read more about the new PCOS treatment guidelines here.


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