polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is an endocrine disorder affecting millions of women nationwide. If you are suffering from symptoms of PCOS, such infertility, menstrual irregularities, acne, excessive hair growth, hair loss, intense cravings for carbohydrates, or stubborn weight gain, personalized medical nutrition therapy can help balance your hormone levels, reduce inflammation, and improve your symptoms long-term.
What causes PCOS symptoms?
PCOS is characterized by inflammation, insulin resistance, and high levels of androgens (male hormones like testosterone). Many of the symptoms of PCOS are caused by these hormone imbalances, especially high insulin levels. Elevated insulin causes fat storage and stimulates appetite, which can lead to intense cravings and overeating. High insulin also increases androgen production, which in some cases causes acne, anovulatory infertility, and abnormal hair growth or loss.
Nutrition Therapy for PCOS
The good news is PCOS responds dramatically to dietary and lifestyle changes. Our main goal in nutrition therapy for PCOS is to improve your symptoms using an anti-inflammatory nutrition plan that helps regulate your insulin levels. PCOS is truly a diverse condition. Each woman is unique and may require different interventions to find symptom relief. In nutrition counseling, we'll pinpoint your symptoms to determine which factors are most important to treat in your presentation of PCOS.