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Overview

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Did you know that Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS (also known as Polycystic Ovarian Disorder or PCOD) has dozens of different symptoms? PCOS is a serious health condition that affects many parts of your body, and can produce a range of intense symptoms. From excess hair growth to depression to infertility, the symptoms of PCOS are both wide-ranging and devastating. And did you know that the symptoms of PCOS can vary considerably between women? Your list of symptoms could be completely different than someone else, even though you both share the same underlying condition.

Do you know your unique PCOS symptoms profile? If you haven’t done so already, take our PCOS Self-Test to assess your risk of PCOS and to find out what symptoms of PCOS you’re experiencing. It’s important to track your symptoms for two reasons. First, PCOS is tricky to diagnose. Describing your symptoms fully to your doctor is the key to an accurate diagnosis. Second, knowing your unique cluster of PCOS symptoms and what’s causing them is the first step to finding relief. Select from the tabs above to find in-depth information about the symptoms of PCOS, their causes and possible complications, as well as options for managing your PCOS symptoms.

We know you’re busy with the daily demands of life, both big and small. What’s most important to know is that no matter how terrible your PCOS symptoms, you are not alone in this battle. Insulite Laboratories is committed to empowering you to reclaim and transform your health. Although there is no cure for PCOS, you can minimize your symptoms and Insulite can help. You can create the life of good health and wellbeing you so deserve. PCOS need not control you – you can reclaim control of your life. The five elements of the Insulite PCOS System target the underlying hormonal imbalances that cause PCOS. Find out if the Insulite PCOS System can help you on your personal journey back from PCOS.

Causes

If you have received a diagnosis of PCOS, or suspect you have PCOS, you’ve come to the right place. You may be experiencing a variety of symptoms and you may be wondering what could be causing them. And, even more importantly, what can you do about your symptoms?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a wide-ranging and mysterious medical condition. Although PCOS is the most common endocrine condition afflicting women, the exact cause of PCOS is as yet unknown. Because of the complexity of symptoms of PCOS, it is difficult for scientists to determine whether something is a sign of PCOS or a causal factor. For example, women with PCOS are often overweight, but it is unknown whether being overweight causes PCOS, or if it’s the other way around, with PCOS causing women to be overweight.

Fortunately, ongoing medical research is illuminating the risk factors and causal processes of PCOS. Armed with this knowledge, you can transform your health and help minimize the symptoms of PCOS.

The bodily system that produces and regulates hormones is the endocrine system. Many hormones are involved in PCOS and the particular imbalance between them is what causes the unique manifestation of symptoms each woman with PCOS experiences. A classic, hallmark sign of PCOS is high levels of male sex hormones (also known as androgens). Many of the most noticeable and aggravating symptoms of PCOS are tied to high androgen levels.

So what’s causing your body to over-produce male sex hormones? The answer could be Insulin Resistance, sometimes called IR. Insulin is a powerful hormone and regulates your metabolism, a critical bodily function. If your body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, the condition of Insulin Resistance can develop.

Normal vs. Insulin Resistant Cell

Your body increases production of insulin as a result. Chronically high levels of insulin can take a toll on many bodily systems and organs. PCOS is the disorder that can result when high insulin levels harm your endocrine system and the ovaries. The key to improving your health is recognizing Insulin Resistance and taking action to manage this condition and transform your overall health and wellbeing.

Health Risks

PCOS is a complex health condition and can cause a wide variety of aggravating and even impacts on the body. If PCOS is left untreated, seemingly benign symptoms can progress into significantly adverse medical conditions.

PCOS-induced high cholesterol and high blood pressure can increase a woman’s risk for heart disease.

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Women who suffer from PCOS and their health-care providers too often focus on the superficial symptoms, without addressing the underlying cause of Insulin Resistance.

PCOS and the underlying cause of Insulin Resistance are known risk factors for many serious health conditions including: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome (syndrome X), reproductive system dysfunction, liver disease, and diabetes.

Please take a moment to educate yourself about these potential PCOS complications and learn what you can do to protect yourself. If you feel you could be at risk of developing or if you have already noticed symptoms of this condition, talk to your health-care provider at once.

Symptoms:

Once you discover you have PCOS, learning about your symptoms is the next step. Just getting a handle on the vast array of PCOS symptoms can be daunting! The resources on the Insulite Laboratories website can help you as you learn more about your medical condition. We’ve created webpages covering the whole range of PCOS symptoms, so you can find the information you need to make empowered decisions about your health. The menu to the right lists various symptoms known to relate to PCOS. Read through the list to find the webpages focusing on the symptoms that most concern you. Insulite’s resources can help equip you with knowledge and help you identify your options for transforming your health.

Complications:

If you are suffering from PCOS, or think you might be, you might already know that PCOS is a complex health condition, with a wide variety of negative impacts on the body. Don’t ignore your PCOS or just tolerate your symptoms! If PCOS is left untreated, seemingly benign symptoms can progress into significantly adverse medical conditions. Women who suffer from PCOS and their health-care providers too often focus on the superficial symptoms, without addressing what might be the underlying cause – Insulin Resistance. Understanding how Insulin Resistance can trigger PCOS is essential for you to decide how to best manage your disorder.

PCOS and the underlying cause of Insulin Resistance are known risk factors for many serious health conditions including: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome (syndrome X), reproductive system dysfunction, liver disease and diabetes. Please take a moment to educate yourself about these potential PCOS complications and learn what you can do to protect yourself. If you feel you could be at risk of developing or if you have already noticed symptoms of this condition, talk to your health-care provider at once.

Natural Therapies

Are you wary of taking prescription medications? Perhaps you’ve heard about potential side effects from drugs and are seeking a solution without these risks? You’re in luck! There are several targeted nutritional supplements that can produce positive results in managing the symptoms of PCOS. Vitamin, mineral, and botanical ingredient supplements are often combined in order to maximize their effect. A qualified naturopathic doctor, herbalist, or specially-trained nutritionist can help you select the right array of ingredients for your medical condition. Or, you can consult with a reputable company that manufactures nutritional supplements appropriate for your PCOS.Botanicals and Herbs

Below is a list of some of the botanicals, vitamins, and minerals that are often used to respond to PCOS and its underlying cause of Insulin Resistance.

Alpha Lipoic Acid: Supports insulin sensitivity and normal glucose levels. Demonstrates antioxidant activity, scavenges free radicals, supports glucose transport and extends the functional capacity of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Coenzyme Q10.

Apple Pectin: Slows the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream, mitigating insulin response.

Biotin: Involved in the manufacture and release of insulin; a cofactor required for the synthesis and oxidation of fatty acids.

Calcium (Citrate): Reduces fasting insulin levels, enhances insulin sensitivity, and regulates fat tissue.

Chromium (Citrate): Supports insulin binding to cells and helps maintain normal cholesterol and insulin levels. Boosts insulin response to glucose.

Cinnamon Extract: Helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Copper (Citrate): Balances zinc levels and supports its ability to lower insulin concentration.

CoQ10 (Ubiquinone): Helps maintain normal glucose and insulin levels and plays a major role in carbohydrate metabolism. Aids peripheral glucose utilization.

Grape Seed Extract: Reduces free radicals and supports healthy blood vessels. Helps maintain normal cholesterol and insulin levels and promotes good cardiovascular health.

Hydrolyzed Guar Gum: Fiber that is easy on the digestive system; helps maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

L-Carnitine (Tartrate): Promotes insulin sensitivity.

Magnesium (Citrate): Positively affects insulin secretion/action and cholesterol profile. Lower than normal levels of magnesium are associated with Insulin Resistance, glucose intolerance, and hyperinsulinemia (high blood insulin).

Vanadyl Sulfate: Restores blood glucose, helps maintain normal cholesterol levels, increases insulin sensitivity, improves glucose tolerance and metabolism, promotes fat metabolism, and reduces appetite naturally.

Zinc Citrate: Enhances insulin sensitivity.

Treatment Options

When you’re facing the symptoms of PCOS in your daily life, finding a treatment can become your top priority! A wide variety of treatment approaches exist for PCOS. Conventional medical treatment for PCOS usually includes a number of pharmaceutical drugs targeting the primary symptom complaints. You may be prescribed birth control pills Pharmaceutical Pills if your main complaint is irregular periods, or you may be given Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid) if infertility is your biggest concern. Your doctor may recommend Spironolactone if you are bothered by male pattern body and facial hair (hirsutism). Prescription acne drugs can be prescribed if skin problems are your most significant complaint. Likewise, pain medications can be prescribed if you are experiencing headaches or severe menstrual pain.

If you adopt the pharmaceutical approach to PCOS management, you may see improvements in some of your symptoms, while other symptoms continue unabated. You may additionally face side effects from the prescription drugs that could hamper your other efforts to improve your health and wellbeing. Furthermore, if the prescription drugs are ineffective, your doctor may resort to surgery, such as ovarian drilling, to attempt to alleviate your condition.Woman Exercising While all of these drugs and surgical interventions have merit, none of them address Insulin Resistance.

A complementary treatment approach incorporates the elements of healthy diet and increased exercise to assist your body in restoring normal blood glucose and insulin levels. Such an approach is all-natural, has no side effects, is compatible with other therapies, and has been demonstrated to improve PCOS symptoms. In addition to improving diet and exercise, the Insulite PCOS System goes a step further by supporting women struggling with difficult food cravings. This support takes the form of targeted nutritional supplements designed to correct the underlying body chemistry imbalances that can trigger food cravings.

Want to talk about your specific PCOS symptoms and how to address them? An important element of the Insulite PCOS System is to provide direct support to you! We offer you free consultations with our skilled naturopathic doctors, weekly health tips by mail, and connect you online and by phone with other women suffering from this condition.