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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a health condition linked with hormonal imbalances and insulin resistance. It can bring about a whole range of symptoms and health problems that can be very distressing for the PCOS sufferer. These symptoms can range from irregular or non-existent periods, excess body and facial hair, acne, weight gain, tiredness, fatigue, depression, hair loss, mood swings, breast pain, abdominal pain, aching joints, dizziness, fertility problems, and an increased tendency to faint.
Research acknowledges that as many as one in four women has PCOS, even though they may not be aware of this fact. Lots of the symptoms can be masked or diagnosed as PMS. Not every woman with PCOS suffers with all the related symptoms. You could have any combination of them to any degree of severity, or even have no obvious symptoms at all except the cysts on your ovaries that give the condition its name. PCOS is believed to be caused by the inability of the ovaries to produce hormones in the right proportions, and PCOS can be diagnosed with an ultrasound scan.
There is no cure for PCOS but it can be treated. It is better to eat small and often. When you suffer with PCOS, your metabolic rate can be much slower than normal, because of certain medication that you may be taking. Splitting your meals will also help. For example, if having cereal and fruit for breakfast, try eating the cereal or fruit first, then one hour or so later, eat the remainder of the breakfast. More tips and hints are available on the Hints and Tips section of your Personal Page, accessible if you subscribe to the Vitaline Diet Plan. Click here for more information about the diet.