September 25, 2013

Endocrine System

Posted in DIABETES, ENDOCTRINE DISORDER tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:51 pm by PCOSLady

http://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions

About the Endocrine System
Endocrine Glands and Hormones

The Endocrine System Essentials

The endocrine system is made up of a network of glands.
These glands secrete hormones to regulate many bodily functions, including growth and metabolism.
Endocrine diseases are common and usually occur when glands produce an incorrect amount of hormones.

The endocrine system helps control the following processes and systems:

~ Growth and development
~ Homeostasis (the internal balance of body systems)
~ Metabolism (body energy levels)
~ Reproduction
~ Response to stimuli (stress and/or injury)

The Endocrine Network
The endocrine system completes these tasks through its network of glands, which are small but highly important organs that produce, store, and secrete hormones.

The glands of the endocrine system are:
~ Hypothalamus
~ Pineal Gland
~ Pituitary Gland
~ Thyroid
~ Parathyroid
~ Thymus
~ Adrenal
~ Pancreas
~ Ovaries
~ Testes

These glands produce different types of hormones that evoke a specific response in other cells, tissues, and/or organs located throughout the body. The hormones reach these faraway targets using the blood stream. Like the nervous system, the endocrine system is one of your body’s main communicators. But instead of using nerves to transmit information, the endocrine system uses blood vessels to deliver hormones to cells.

All Endocrine Disorders
~ Acromegaly ~ Cushing’s Syndrome ~ Goiters ~ Addison’s Disease ~ De Quervain’s Thyroiditis ~ Graves’ Disease ~ Adrenal Cancer ~ Diabetes ~ Growth Disorders ~ Adrenal Disorders ~ Follicular Thyroid Cancer ~ Growth Hormone Deficiency ~ Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer ~ Gestational Diabetes ~ Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis ~ Hurthle Cell Thyroid Cancer ~ Hypoparathyroidism ~ MEN 2B ~ Hyperglycemia ~ Hypothyroidism ~ Menopause ~ Hyperparathyroidism ~ Medullary Thyroid Cancer ~ Obesity ~ Hyperthyroidism ~ MEN 1 ~ Osteoporosis ~ Hypoglycemia ~ MEN 2A ~ Papillary Thyroid Cancer ~ Parathyroid Diseases ~ Reproduction ~ Thyroiditis ~ Pheochromocytoma ~ Silent Thyroiditis ~ Turner Syndrome ~ Pituitary Disorders ~ Thyroid Cancer ~ Type 1 Diabetes ~ Pituitary Tumors ~ Thyroid Diseases ~ Type 2 Diabetes ~ Pre-diabetes ~ Thyroid Nodules

October 4, 2012

Toxic Shampoo

Posted in FYI tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:58 pm by PCOSLady

PCOS Lady:
I was just made aware of a toxic corrosive chemical put in Dove, Suave, etc… products by a friend… Who now uses Dr Bronner’s things…
~ I have used Suave shampoo for years, it does a nicer job than the expensive shampoos! Hmmm, now i wonder what all the toxins have done in me…
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* READ the labels! *
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I posted this article because it relates to estrogen, hormonal levels and more!
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www.drbronner.com/
~ ~ Dr Bronner … Makers of the best selling Certified Organic and Fair Trade Personal Care…
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http://www.facebook.com/mariasfarmcountrykitchen
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http://www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com/toxic-shampoo-read-before-applying/?cm_mmc=TheDailyFixNL-_-1063224-_-10042012-_-toxic_shampoo_read_before_applying
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Toxic Shampoo: Read before Applying
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October 2, 2012
by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc, integrative medicine pioneer
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When embracing a healthy lifestyle, there’s one thing we learn over and over: healthy living requires vigilance. This is true of food and exercise, and, especially, the products we buy.
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Like so much in modern life, shampoos and hair care products often contain too many ingredients that were born on a chemist’s bench. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream, and from there they can wreak havoc on organs, tissues, and cells. Luckily, there are many reputable natural health companies that are aware of these dangers and use healthy cleansing agents in their body products instead.
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Toxin Alert
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But, unless you’re extremely careful, it’s pretty much impossible to avoid all exposure to harmful, health-robbing toxins. Here’s a list of common chemical offenders found in many shampoos:
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~ Parabens: A common preservative used to eliminate bacteria and fungi in cosmetics, parabens have been linked to increased estrogen levels, which can lead to hormonal disorders and even cancer.
~ Quaternium-15: A preservative that releases formaldehyde and has been linked to cancer, specifically leukemia, quaternium-15 is also an allergen and can cause contact dermatitis.
~ Fragrance: We would need an entire book to list all the ingredients found in the various fragrances used in shampoos and skin products. These can cause allergic reactions, rashes, headaches and nausea. Some fragrance compounds have been linked to cancer.
~ Methylisothiazolinone: Often abbreviated on ingredients lists as MIT, this preservative is found in a wide variety of shampoos and has been linked to neurological damage, particularly in unborn children. MIT has also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
~ Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate: Abbreviated SLS and SLES, these surfactants make soaps foamy. They can also cause skin and eye irritation and have been linked to endocrine disruption, genetic mutations, and cancer.
~ 1,4-dioxane: Not an ingredient so much as a contaminant, however, it’s been found in 22 percent of the products in the Skin Deep Database from the Environmental Working Group. This is cause for concern. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies dioxane as a probable carcinogen.
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What to Do
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The first line of defense is prevention. Do whatever you can to keep these chemical compounds off your skin as much as possible. But again, these toxins are so common that it’s difficult to avoid them entirely. Luckily, there are a number of ways to protect your health in the presence of these harmful pollutants.
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Eat protective nutrients. Many of the harmful chemicals in shampoos and body products have an oxidative effect, which can wreak havoc on cells, tissues, and organs by causing chronic inflammation and free radical damage. Antioxidants combat these effects, particularly vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A and beta-carotene, alpha lipoic acid, N-acetyl-cysteine, and others. Fresh berries, nuts, cruciferous and colored vegetables, and numerous herbs and spices are also high in antioxidants.
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Add botanical supplements. Calendula, honeysuckle, astragalus, and rehmannia root can help protect the skin from irritation and other damage. Calendula and honeysuckle are flowers and usually steeped in hot water to make tea. Astragalus and rehmannia are roots and are often ground into a powder and mixed with water, or put into a capsule or tablet form, along with other herbs. Calendula and honeysuckle are also commonly used topically to soothe irritated and inflamed skin. Using herbs both topically and orally can provide greater benefits.
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Enlist detox helpers. Once harmful chemicals are in your body, you want to do what you can to get them out. A number of dietary supplements, botanicals, foods, and specific cleansing diets can help detoxify many of these pollutants.
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Seven of the top natural ingredients that offer powerful yet gentle whole-body detoxification are:
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~ Medicinal mushrooms: Reishi, agaricus, cordyceps, coriolus, maitake, and umbellatus, along with many other types, help to remove toxins from the body. Detoxifying mushrooms can be cooked in meals, taken as supplements, or mixed in powdered form in hot water for tea.
~ Dandelion (leaf and root): Dandelion root provides powerful support for cleansing the liver and the gallbladder—two key organs essential for detoxification. The leaves also help flush toxins from the bladder and digestive tract. Dandelion can be eaten raw or cooked, taken in supplement form, or drunk as a tea.
~ Milk thistle seed: The herb’s seeds contain silymarin, a natural compound that is shown to be a potent liver protector and detoxifier. Milk thistle seeds support gall bladder health, as well, while also providing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Most often, milk thistle seed is taken as a supplement.
~ Garlic: Garlic contains many sulfur compounds and other active components to support detoxification, heavy metal removal, and overall immune health. It can be eaten raw or cooked, or taken in supplement form. Some people juice a small amount and mix it with other vegetable juices.
~ Modified citrus pectin and modified alginates formula: These two ingredients are shown to safely remove heavy metals and toxins from the digestive and circulatory systems, without affecting essential minerals. They are taken as a supplement.
~ Cilantro: A flavorful herb, cilantro binds to and helps remove heavy metals and toxins from the body. It also provides powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. The leaves and stems can be eaten raw in salads and salsas, juiced raw, or taken as a supplement.
~ Burdock root: This antioxidant, anti-inflammatory herb supports healthy liver detoxification and helps cleanse the circulation of toxins. It can be eaten raw in salads, cooked, or juiced; alternately, you can use it in tea or take it in supplement form.
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Gentle seasonal detoxification is an important practice to adopt. Toxins multiply in our bodies from countless sources, not just shampoo and skin-care products.
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Good information translates into good choices. Pay close attention to ingredient lists, research anything that troubles you, and, from there, you can adopt the best strategies to reduce these harmful effects. Simply “rinse and repeat”—this time using healthy cleansers made from plant-based ingredients.
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Author:
Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc, integrates Western medicine with his extensive knowledge of traditional Chinese, Tibetan, Ayurvedic, homeopathic, and complementary medical systems. With more than 25 years of clinical experience and research, Dr. Eliaz has a unique holistic approach to the relationship between health and disease, immune enhancement, detoxification, and cancer prevention and treatment. For more information about his work, visit dreliaz.org.
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SITES
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“Inert” Ingredients in Roundup Pesticide Contain Dioxane! | Farm Wars
farmwars.info/?p=5943
Apr 29, 2011 – POEA contaminated with dioxane is more highly toxic than glyphosate. … the inert ingredient of a weedkiller (AKA defoliant) is agent orange.
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GOOGLE:
dioxane
dioxane agent orange
dioxin

April 24, 2012

Diet Comparison Chart

Posted in LIFESTYLE CHANGES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:36 am by PCOSLady

The Perfect 10 Diet
- Hormone Chart on Diet Comparisons

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Everyone,
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I came across this chart and knew i had to post it here for you… It shows you why most diets will not work for us ladies with hormone imbalances… You may want to print it out to prove to your doctors why the diets don’t work!
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Site
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http://www.perfect10diet.com/10-hormones/10-key-hormones.html
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DIET COMPARISONS


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PCOS Lady:
Before you start your lifestyle change you may want to get these hormones checked…
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These 10 hormones hold the secret to losing weight and feeling great.
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~ Insulin
In essence, insulin governs your body, and it has a profound effect on aging.
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~ Glucagon
Glucagon performs the exact opposite function of insulin—it melts fat. Don
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~ Leptin
Do you have trouble controlling your appetite? You may have a leptin problem.
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~ Human Growth Hormone
Human growth hormone (HGH) is the quintessential anti-aging hormone.
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~ Thyroid
The thyroid hormone keeps you fit, provides energy, improves thinking abilities, boosts the immune system, decreases bad cholesterol, and lowers blood pressure.
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~ Testosterone
Testosterone makes men masculine, but it is also present in small amounts in women, and aids libido in both genders.
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~ Estrogen
Estrogen increases alertness, lowers body fat, protects against heart and Alzheimer’s disease, and more.
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~ Progesterone
Progesterone reduces anxiety and has a calming effect on mood – it makes women happy.
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~ Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
DHEA is gaining ground as a hormone that improves one’s sense of well-being, relieves fatigue, fights depression, and plays a role in the prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
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~ Cortisol
This major hormone keeps us alive thanks to three essential and powerful properties.
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Book: Perfect 10 Diet

March 27, 2012

4 Types of Rosacea (PCOS & Acne)

Posted in ROSACEA tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:25 am by PCOSLady

The 4 Types of Rosacea
in “Understanding Rosacea”
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Rosacea often begins with easy blushing and flushing of the facial skin. These symptoms may come and go at first. Eventually, redness persists around the nose, extending to the rest of the face. As rosacea progresses, additional facial symptoms such as burning, stinging, pimples, swelling, dry skin, enlarged blood vessels, and eye involvement may occur. These combinations of symptoms fall into the following four subtypes:
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~ Subtype 1: Facial Redness (Erythematotelangietatic rosacea). Flushing and/or continuous facial redness occurs. Blood vessels are visible, especially around the nose.
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~ Subtype 2: Bumps and pimples (Papulopustular rosacea). Pimples occur, and puslike lesions may be present, along with the facial redness. You may feel burning and stinging, and blood vessels on your face may be enlarged. This stage of rosacea is also known as acne rosacea.
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~ Subtype 3: Enlargement of the nose (Phymatous rosacea). Your skin begins to thicken and develops an irregular texture. This thickening is most evident on the nose and can also occur on the ears, chin, cheeks, and forehead. You may have enlarged skin pores in addition to the large blood vessels.
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~ Subtype 4: Eye irritation (Ocular rosacea). One or both eyes are affected in this subtype. They may be bloodshot, teary, itchy, dry, burning, or stinging, and you may have blurred or decreased vision. It’s common to feel as though you have a foreign body in the eye. This is a serious eye condition; you may need to see an ophthalmologist.
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Symptoms of the first three subtypes may also be present on the neck, chest, ears, and scalp. Your health care provider can evaluate the subtype of rosacea you have. He or she will prescribe the treatment based on the subtype and additional information provided during an examination.
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PCOS lady strongly suggests you look at the pictures at http://www.rosaceafacts.com/ site… You may have acne to severe rosacea…
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Medical Reviewer: [Lee Jenkins, Sara Foster, RN, MPH], [Nelson, Gail MS, APRN, BC], [Sara Foster, RN, MPH] Copyright: © 2000-2010 The StayWell Company, 780 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional’s instructions.
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Rosacea in relation to PCOS
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http://www.hormonehelpny.com/question/hormone_060204.htm
~ Rosacea is partly testosterone-dependant so lowering and/or blocking testosterone can help. Topical metronidazole helps as well. Usually the combination works the best.
~ There is no evidence that progesterone cream helps and I do not recommend it.
~ Low testosterone does not aggravate rosacea but helps it.
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Sites
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http://conditions.aolhealth.com/rosacea/the-4-types-of-rosacea
~ AOL Health on Rosacea
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Rosacea.org: The National Rosacea Society
~ Home of the National Rosacea Society. A website about the medical condition Rosacea. Features information for patients, physicians, newsletter, research grants, press …
rosacea.org
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http://www.bing.com/health/article/mayo-MADS00308/Rosacea?q=rosacea&qpvt=Rosacea+Facts

~ Mayo Clinic – Rosacea — Comprehensive overview covers causes, symptoms and treatment of this inflammatory, adult skin disease.
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www.rosaceafacts.com
~ If you think you have rosacea, it’s important to get medical care. Why? Because not only can this vascular, inflammatory condition get worse and potentially cause permanent damage to your skin, it has the ability to psychologically and emotionally impact your life. From avoiding social events to not feeling as self-confident as you once did, rosacea can affect life choices.
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http://www.hormonehelpny.com/question/hormone_060204.htm
~ Hormone Center of New York
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http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/441986

~ Medscape…. Acne and Rosacea: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment in the Primary Care Setting
~ PCOS segment: http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/441986_6
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http://www.rosaceagroup.org/
~ Rosacea Group.org is a non-commercial site
http://rosaceagroup.org/The_Rosacea_Forum/
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Google:
rosacea
rosacea facts
rosacea triggers
rosacea and PCOS
rosacea and adult acne
a red face could signal rosacea
the 4 types of rosacea
the hows and whys of rosacea

March 20, 2012

Hormone Balance Test

Posted in RELATED: HORMONES tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 11:29 pm by PCOSLady

Here is something for everyone to consider taking… Especially those in relationships and marriages experiencing mood swings and lack of affection scenarios…
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Find Out if Your Symptoms Are Due to a Hormonal Imbalance
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By John R. Lee, M.D., Dr. David Zava and Virginia Hopkins
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http://www.johnleemd.com/store/resource_hormonetest.html
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Take the Hormone Balance Test
- It may show which type imbalance…

March 2, 2012

Adrenal Fatigue in Women

Posted in FATIGUE, RELATED: HORMONES tagged , , , , , , , at 11:59 pm by PCOSLady

Adrenal Fatigue in Women
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http://www.bodylogicmd.com/for-women/adrenal-fatigue
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Mama said there’d be days like this, but I didn’t think they’d all be so close together!
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Remember hearing how the “fight-or-flight” response was what helped save the species from things like saber-tooth tigers and volcanic eruptions? Well, wouldn’t it be something to see our ancestors trying to handle the carpooling, full-time jobs, economic blow-ups, traffic and trips to the grocery store that trigger our “fight-or-flight” response several times every day? Throw some hormone imbalance, depression, anxiety and adrenal fatigue into the mix. No wonder we’re exhausted.
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Adrenal Fatigue in Women
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The Adrenal Glands
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Contact a Physician after you take the QUIZ!
Post Menopause Stress and adrenal fatigue go hand in hand. The adrenal glands, two triangle-shaped glands that sit over the kidneys, are responsible for regulating the body’s response to stress by controlling the hormones released during stress. When stress becomes chronic or is not well managed, the adrenal glands are unable to function optimally. Cortisol is the main adrenal hormone and it is used to manage stress. The highest amount of cortisol is secreted by the adrenals in the morning to get us going, with levels decreasing throughout the day. The adrenals secrete cortisol in response to low blood sugar, stress, exercise, and excitement.
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The Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
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~ Waking up in the mid-portion of the night
~ Unable to fall asleep
~ Anxiety
~ Depression
~ Increased susceptibility to infections
~ Midday Fatigue
~ Reduced tolerance for stress
~ Craving for sweets and salty foods
~ Allergies to things you were never allergic to before
~ Chemical sensitivities
~ A tendency to feel cold (many people and doctors think they have hypothyroidism).
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The Solution
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The stress caused by hormone imbalance, namely in perimenopause and menopause for women, is a huge contributor to adrenal fatigue. Bioidentical hormone therapy balances your hormones, including the hormones released during stress, with customized prescriptions that fit your body chemistry and what your body needs. This, combined with an individualized nutrition /supplement and fitness program, maintains normal hormone levels and can effectively eliminate the symptoms associated with menopause and perimenopause.
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The dietary supplements that BodyLogicMD offers to treat adrenal fatigue as part of the nutrition plan ensure that your body will have a healthy ratio of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. This healthy ratio works in concert with the bioidentical hormone therapy to provide some relief from adrenal fatigue symptoms and to help ensure that the condition and its symptoms do not return. The vitamins and minerals personalized by your BodyLogicMD bioidentical hormone doctor aid your adrenal glands in handling stress. This plan of hormonal balance and proper nutrition, serve to greatly reduce stress and adrenal fatigue.
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Site
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http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/cause-of-low-blood-pressure.html
~ Healthy Holistic Living… What could be the cause of low blood pressure?

Fatigue Diet, Symptoms, Causes

Posted in FATIGUE, RELATED: HORMONES tagged , , , , , , , , at 11:22 pm by PCOSLady

http://www.articlesbase.com/alternative-medicine-articles/symptoms-causes-and-diet-for-fatigue-4257563.html
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Symptoms, Causes and Diet for Fatigue

Posted: Feb 18, 2011
Fatigue is generally defined as a feeling of lack of energy and motivation that can be physical, mental or both. Fatigue is not the same as drowsiness, but the desire to sleep may accompany fatigue. Apathy is a feeling of indifference that may accompany fatigue or exist independently. In addition, individuals often describe fatigue using a variety of terms including weary, tired, exhausted, malaise, listless, lack of energy and feeling run down.
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Fatigue is common. About 20% of Americans claim to have fatigue intense enough to interfere with living a normal life. A physical cause has been estimated to be responsible 20% to 60% of the time, while emotional or mental causes comprise the other 40% to 80% of cases of fatigue. Unfortunately, fatigue can also occur in normal individuals that experience intense physical or mental activity (or both).
However, in contrast to fatigue that occurs with some diseases and syndromes, normal fatigue in healthy individuals is quickly relieved in a few hours to about a day when the physical or mental activity is reduced. Also, people occasionally experience fatigue after eating (sometimes termed postprandial depression) which can be a normal response to food, especially after large meals and this may last about 30 minutes to several hours.
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FYI
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http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/tuesday-dr-oz-show
~ Dr Oz … Are You Normal….or Nuts? 6/26/12 … 46% of Chronic Fatigue inflicted people have parasites creating their symptoms… Those parasites can live 25 years in your stomach…
~ Look at my Parasite Symptoms list to check off your symptoms….
~ Only ParasiteTesting.com can ID all living parasites known to man…
~ * US doctors are NOT trained on parasites, bacteria or fungal infections!
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Fatigue Symptoms
Fatigue, either mental or physical, is a symptom that usually has some underlying cause. Fatigue may be described by people in different ways, and may include some combination of the following (both mental and physical):
~ weakness,
~ lack of energy,
~ constantly tired or exhausted,
~ lack of motivation,
~ difficulty concentrating, and/or
~ difficulty starting and completing tasks
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Other symptoms such as fainting or loss of consciousness (syncope), near-syncope, rapid heartbeat (palpitations), dizziness or vertigo may also be described as part of the fatigue experienced by the affected individual. The presence of these symptoms may actually help lead a health care practitioner to discover the underlying cause(s) of the fatigue.
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Fatigue Causes
The potential causes of fatigue are numerous. The majority of diseases known to man often list fatigue or malaise as possible associated symptoms. This is complicated by the fact that fatigue can occur in normal healthy individuals as a normal response to physical and mental exertion. However, normal fatigue may begin to become abnormal if it becomes chronic, extreme or prolonged fatigue; usually this occurs when a person experiences chronic or prolonged physical or mental exertion. For example, unusually hard physical or mental exertion for one day can result in normal fatigue that may last about a day or sometimes more, depending on the exertion level, while daily unusually hard physical or mental exertion may result in prolonged fatigue (usually greater than 24 to 48 hours). This latter situation may develop into abnormal fatigue.
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How to Cure for Fatigue
There are numerous cures for chronic fatigue syndrome, but is advised that patients must consult their doctor before taking in any medication. Among the most common category of medications to treat chronic fatigue, anti-depressants are the most popular.
That is because anti-depressants surely help patients relax more even with their feeling of restlessness due to the onset of the viral disease.
However, there are also many forms of diet that can effectively help curtail the disease.
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Diets for chronic fatigue
To start with, a patient can take a water cure diet. This form of diet is the simplest and can be easily executed as long as the patient is disciplined enough and determined.
The water cure diet would see that the patient must take water that is equivalent to half of the body’s weight. For example, the body weighs 150 lbs. The patient must then take ounces of water daily that is equivalent to 75 lbs.
It is also recommended that the patient take in at least a quarter of salt for about every quart of water that he drinks. The salt can also be used in food.
There is no restrictions in food intake, but the water cure diet restricts patients from drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages because they are diuretics.
Recommended food to include in diets
No special diets other than water cure is recommended for chronic fatigue patients. However, the patients are advised to avoid food groups that are considered toxic to the body.
These food group includes aspartame (a synthetic form of sugar), refined oils, food additives, chlorinated water, margarine and hydrogenated fats, junk foods, alcoholic and softdrinks and chocolates.
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Find powerful herbal remedies Enhances Immunity

Instead, experts advise chronic fatigue patients to include the following in their food intake: organic food, sea vegetables, olive oil, lemonade, maple syrup, seaweeds, vegetable juices, unrefined sea salt, and foods that are rich in essential fatty acids.
Knowledge of how the food replenishes the body will greatly help a patient understand more about the usual food and substances that are recommended to help the body cope up and recover from chronic fatigue.
Overall, it is also most recommended that you avoid the disease, because, as they say, an ounce of prevention far outpaces pounds of cure.
Sticking to the normal, healthy lifestyle would surely boost the function of the body’s immune system, making it more resistant to the future onset of the disease.
drcharlesbuchar
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Fatigue Causes and Symptoms and Home Remedies for Chronic Fatigue syndrome

Fatigue is the most common presenting complaint in doctor’s offices, and can be part of scores of serious medical conditions, as much as from overwork or lack of sleep. Underlying causes need to be identified, and natural medicine recognizes many less obvious contributing factors. These include chronic intestinal dysbiosis, liver overload, adrenal exhaustion, hidden infections (yeast, viral or parasitic) and food allergies. Typical short-term solutions such as caffeine, tobacco, sugar and other
By: drcharlesbucharl Health> Alternative Medicinel Dec 19, 2011

January 31, 2009

Hypopituitarism – effects pituitary hormones …

Posted in RELATED: HORMONES tagged , , , , , , , at 5:28 am by PCOSLady

The Discovery Channel’s Mystery Diagnosis series
Reaired January 28, 2009
‘The girl who couldn’t wake up’
Her Story;
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20081207/FEAT05/812070332/1023
 
MayoClinic
www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypopituitarism/DS00479/DSECTION=symptoms
 

Symptoms

Hypopituitarism is often progressive. Although the signs and symptoms can occur suddenly, usually they tend to develop gradually. They are sometimes vague and subtle and may be overlooked for many months or even years.
Signs and symptoms of hypopituitarism vary, depending on which pituitary hormones are deficient.
 
The signs and symptoms may include:
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Low tolerance for stress
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss or gain
  • A decline in appetite
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Sensitivity to cold or difficulty staying warm
  • Visual disturbances
  • Loss of underarm and pubic hair
  • Joint stiffness
  • Hoarseness
  • Facial puffiness
  • Thirst and excess urination
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lightheadedness when standing
If you’re a man, you may also have signs and symptoms such as:
  • Loss of interest in sexual activity
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decrease in facial or body hair
If you’re a woman, you may develop:
  • Irregular or no menstrual periods
  • Infertility
  • Inability to produce milk for breast-feeding
Children may experience:
  • Stunted growth
  • Short stature
  • Slowed sexual development
 
When to see a doctor
If you develop signs and symptoms associated with hypopituitarism, see your doctor to determine the cause.
Also, if certain signs or symptoms of hypopituitarism develop suddenly — a severe headache or visual disturbances, confusion, or a drop in blood pressure — contact your doctor immediately. Such symptoms could represent sudden bleeding into the pituitary (pituitary apoplexy), which requires prompt medical attention.

 

Follow Mayo Clinic link for complete information….
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My husband has suffered most all of the 1st list of symptoms all his life… Of late they have progressed aggressively… Doctors and hospitals have never found this diagnosis…
I caught it watching Mystery Diagnosis and researched it on the net….
He felt totally relieved when i read him the symptoms to have found a diagnosis fitting his symptoms like a glove…
 
Note:   Some symptoms overlap those of PCOS … They are both hormone disorders…. Women and men are effected differently and treatment varies for each person…
 
Resources:    www.Hormone.org ….  www.Pituitary.org

May 12, 2007

PCOS, LOCAH, THYROID Symptoms, Tests, Sites…

Posted in LOCAH, PCOS, PCOS SYMPTOMS tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:33 pm by PCOSLady

PCOS IS AMONGST MANY OF YOU!


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PCOS

PCOS & LOCAH & THYROID Symptoms, Blood Tests Needed w/Websites
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NOTICE: THIS PAGE IS BEING UPDATED – CHECK BACK PLEASE….
SORRY FOR INCONVENIENCES….
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This list of symptoms and websites are beneficial for you to read over… Some of you may have the symptoms or know a lady that does…A quick indicator is those of us that carry their extra weight in the tummy, abdomen and chin… (Thin women can have PCOS &/or LOCAH, too)
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Jewel, who is married to Ty Murray, the rodeo champion mentioned she has PCOS on The Revolution TV show April 10, 2012…
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Copy this and check off your symptoms, also keep a master copy and be sure to pass this on…
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READ ON
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PCOS EFFECTS YOUR WHOLE FAMILY … PCOS IS HEREDITARY… PCOS CAN EFFECT MEN WITH SYNDROME X … PCOS CAN BREAK YOUR RELATIONSHIPS, MARRIAGES AND YOU IF NOT TREATED (properly as well)!


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Symptoms for PCOS and LOCAH and THYROID compiled from sites, forums, groups, research, etc…
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PCOS ~ LOCAH ~ THROID SYMPTOMS LIST
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PCOS ~ Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
LOCAH ~ Late Onset Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
THYROID ~ Thyroid
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SYMPTOMS …. PCOS.~.LOCAH.~.THYROID.~. YOU__
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……. PX = PCOS ~ LX = LOCAH ~ TX = THYROID

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* Periods *
~ absent …………….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ irregular ………….. PX ~ LX ~ TX ~ __
~ heavy, clots-golf balls .. PX ~ __
* Pregnancy *
~ infertility ………… PX ~ LX ~ __
~ trouble getting …….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ miscarriages ……….. PX ~ LX ~ __
* Hair *
~ excessive ………….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ thinning …………… PX ~ LX ~ __
~ facial ………………PX ~ LX ~ __
~ pubic – early ………….. LX ~ __
~ zebra line- chest to belly . PX ~ LX ~ __
~ oily hair ………….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ hair on toes ………. PX ~ __
* Weight *
~ obesity ……………. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ hard to lose ……….. PX ~ TX ~ __
~ gain easy ………….. PX ~ TX ~ __
~ IR – Insulin Resistance .. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Metabolic Syndrome ….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ fluid retention …………. LX ~ __
* Skin *
~ acne ………………. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ dark skin patches …… PX ~ __
(ex: nape of neck)
~ skin tags ………….. PX ~ __
~ jaundice (yellowish) …….. LX ~ __
~ oily skin (excessive) .. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ dry scalp ………….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Rosacea ……………. PX ~ __
* Cysts *
~ ovaries ……………. PX ~ __
~ liver tumors ……………. LX ~ __
~ liver cancer ……………. LX ~__
~ kidney tumors …………… LX ~ __
* Diabetes *
~ Type II (2) ………… PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Gestational ………… PX ~ LX ~ __
* Cholesterol *
~ high ………………. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ high LDL ……………….. LX ~ __
~ low HDL ………………… LX ~ __
* Triglycerides *
~ high ………………. PX ~ LX ~ __
* Blood Pressure *
~ high ……………… PX ~ LX ~ __
* Misc…. *
~ Hypertension ……….. PX ~ LX ~__
~ Stress …………….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Anxiety ……………. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Panic Attacks …………… LX ~ __
~ Moodiness ………….. PX ~ LX ~ TX ~ __
~ severely moody ………….. LX ~ __
~ Heart Disease ………. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Hormone Disorder ……. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Neurological stuff ………. LX ~ __
~ Depression …………. PX ~ LX ~ TX ~ __
~ Hyperinsulinemia ……. PX ~ __
~ excess Androgens ………… LX ~ __
~ Atherosclerosis …………. LX ~ __
~ Hormone Imbalances ….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ low sex drive ………. PX ~ LX ~ TX ~__
~ RLS-Restless Leg Syndrome .. PX ~ __
~ 21 Hydroxylase ~
…. ~ deficiency ………… LX ~ __
~ 17 OHPS ~
…. ~ high – over 30 NG/DL .. LX ~ __
~ Total Testosterone, NG/DL ~
…. ~ 59 is high, 40 is elevated .. LX ~ __
~ UTI – Urinary Tract Infection .. PX ~ __
~ enlarged clitoris ……….. LX ~ __
~ deepened voice ……… PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Endometrial Cancer ….. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Endometrial Hyperplasia ….. LX ~ __
~ Sleep Apnea ………… PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Iron low …………… PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Calcium low ………… PX ~ LX ~ __
~ low B12 ……………. PX ~ LX ~ __
~ Ferritin level low ….. PX ~ LX ~ __
…… ~ *add iron if under 100-150
~
* Menopausal *
~ estrogen loss ………. PX ~ lX ~ __
~ hot flashes ………… PX ~ __
~ skin thinning ………. PX ~ __
~ elevated sensitivity … PX ~ __
~ Cardio Disease ……… PX ~ __
~ effects on bladder ~
~ negative …………… PX ~ __
~ effects on vagina are ~
~ negative …………….PX ~ __
~ reduction in bone density .. PX ~ __
~ Androgen levels high ….PX ~ __
~ poor lipid levels …… PX ~ __
~ Hormone Imbalance …… PX ~ LX ~__
~
Important info found in research as well…
~
Birth Control Pills lower all your hormones… If some are still high, you could have PCOS &/or LOCAH… (per a research facility mgr)
~
2/98 Cosmopolitan Magazine
article on PCOS  by Dr. John Nestler, MD, professor of Endocrinology in Virginia…

~
Diagnosing problems – each woman may exhibit a different combination of symptoms or no symptoms at all, etc….
~ Experts now believe to be at the root of PCOS, is an inability to respond properly to insulin followed by;
~ high Cholesterol
~ obesity
~ high blood pressure
~ risk of Diabetes
~ heart disease

~
*** If women have regular periods and normal levels of testosterone, they DO NOT have PCOS… Per Dr. Nestler…***
~
Research shows LOCAH can bring PCOS on… Further research shows women will experience more or less symptoms of PCOS & LOCAH through their lives…
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LOCAH & CAH SITES:
http://www.members4.boardhost.com/LOCAH/
- LOCAH forum for info and participating in…
~
http://www.endotext.org/pediatrics/pediatrics8a/pediatrics8a.htm
~ EndoText.com … Pediatrics Endocrinology … Lengthy explanation …
~
http://www.dundee.ac.uk/medther/tayendoweb/congenital_adrenal_hyperplasia.htm
~ NHS Tayside … Informative …
~
www.ahn.org.uk
~ Adrenal Hyperplasia Network
~
www.livingwithcah.com
~ CAH Support Group
~
www.caresfoundation.org
LOCAH: http://www.caresfoundation.org/productcart/pc/ncah_late_onset_cah.html
~ Care Foundation … Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Research Education & Support (CARES) Foundation – Dedicated to providing support to parents and patients affected by all …
~ Non-classical(NCAH) (also known as Late-Onset CAH)
~
PCOS SITES:
~
QUICK FAQ SHEET:
http://pcosfaq.com/
http://hub.webring.org/hub/pcossupportaware
~ Mary’s PCOS Treatment and FAQ’s… Highly informative what all she has found in research and her program…
~
http://pcosjournal.com/
~ PCOS Journal blog … I am a 29 year old female living in California. I have PCOS. I have been living with PCOS for the last 10 years, I have learned a lot about PCOS, but everyday brings something new…
~ Very informative …
~
www.soulcysters.com
Forum: * www.soulcysters.net *
~ PCOS women, information, forum, resources, etc… Worth joining! Happens to be the largest PCOS forum…
~
www.pcosupport.org
~ PCOS Association with research, information, resources, etc…
http://www.pcoscommunity.com/ … Formerly: http://www.pcolist.org
~ PCOS Association’s message board… 1st hand experiences… YOU join, be yourself, post questions and get honest answers, in return learning so much!
~
http://www.inciid.org/faq.php?cat=infertility101&id=2
-  International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination… Exceptionally informative site with a list of more sites…
~
www.ivf.com/ivffaq.html
www.ivf-et.com/tlc/fact_pcos.html
~ The Center for Applied Reproductive Science … Infertility and PCOS …
~
http://pcosinconnection.com/ … (Formerly … http://www.pcos.itgo.com)
~ PCOS Connection … PCOS Informational Center …
~
www.PCOSCoach.com
-  PCOS Coach – Infornation, newsletter, books and links…
~
http://wellnessmama.com/5425/balance-hormones/
~ Wellness Mama … “If you have symptoms like fatigue, skin issues, weight gain, weight around the middle, trouble sleeping, always sleeping, PMS, endometriosis, infertility, PCOS or other issues, chances are you have hormone imbalance!” This is extremely good info- love Wellness Mama
~
THYROID SITE:
~
http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hypothyroidism/a/checklist.htm
~ ~ About.com … Hypothyroidism Risk/Symptoms Checklist … Help in Diagnosis and Fine tuning Your Treatment …
~
ANDROGEN SITE
http://wwwthorne.com/townsend/mar/wns_update.html
- Info on Androgens and women’s health ( worth reading)
~
NOTES FROM RESEARCH:
PCOS is only in women at present… (research on men is going on)… But,
LOCAH effects women and men…

~
My advice to all women having any of these symptoms
~ Print this list out, check off your symptoms and show your doctor… NEVER take “NO” for an answer… Most likely he or she does not know about PCOS & LOCAH…  Or have very little knowledge of both…
~ Medical history, etc… plays a huge part in your diagnosis …
~ Push to see a Reproductive Endocrinologist familiar with PCOS & LOCAH…
       ~ Call Penn State University (PCOS research dept) for a referral…
…………….Phone #: 800.585.9585…
       ~ Call the Cedars Sinai PCOS Research Center for a referral…
…………….Phone #: 310.423.9964…

~
* Realize… PCOS & LOCAH are rare diseases/disorders…They are listed with
the Rare Disease website…
http://www.rarediseases.org
~
PCOS & LOCAH TESTS:
~
LOCAH
~ Along with symptoms
    ~ ACTH Test – it is a blood test… Be sure blood is drawn 3x’s!

~
PCOS ……………………… DONE/DATE
~ Along with symptoms:
…. ~ Ultrasound.(?)…………………. __/___________
…. ~ Total Testosterone……………….__/___________
…. ~ 17 OHPS……………………….. __/____________
…. ~ LH……………………………. __/____________
…. ~ Hormonal testing……………….. __/____________
…. ~ Calcium……………………….. __/_____________
…. ~ Iron………………………….. __/_____________
…. ~ Diabetes………………………. __/_____________
…. ~ Cholesterol……………………. __/_____________
…. ~ Triglycerides………………….. __/_____________
…. ~ Free Glucose…………………… __/_____________
…. ~ Insulin……………………….. __/_____________
…. ~ IL-6………………………….. __/_____________
~
* Your doctor may want more…
….. ~ PCOS – Thyroid Disorder and Cushings Disease need ruled out…

~
FYI:
* READ your test results !!!  Keep copies of all your tests, doctor visit notes/charts, etc…  You will see a pattern and be able to gain info and insight from forums on PCOS & LOCAH from it…
~
Test Results are explained here:
http://www.fertilityplus.org/faq/hormonelevels.html
- Fertility Plus Organization… Pregnancy tests are explained also…
~
http://www.labtestsonline.org/index.html
- Lab Tests Online…Public resource on clinical lab testing…
~
Conversion Table for Blood Glucose Monitoring:
~
http://www.joslin.org/info/conversion_table_for_blood_glucose_monitoring.html
~ Joslin Diabetes Center (Harvard Education)
~ Joslin Diabetes Center is the world’s largest diabetes research center, diabetes clinic, and provider of diabetes education… Now affiliated with Deborah Hospitals…
~
GUESS WHAT?
YOU end up having to educate your doctor(s)…. I quess the price paid for rare disorders, syndromes, etc…

~
I have personally gathered all this information and more for my own quest in being diagnosed with PCOS & LOCAH…
~ I hope the info will help you or someone you know…

~
FYI INFO:
~
* You do not have to have a polycystic ovary to be diagnosed with PCOS…
* Ultrasounds are not necessary in diagnosing PCOS…
* PCOS is diagnosed from you having one or more symptoms… This is due to PCOS being a syndrome…
* Syndrome O – now exists for women without cysts…
* Syndrome X – is the male version of our hormone imbalance…
~ This syndrome has been known of for years in men!
~ My hubby has most of the same symptoms, problems I do… (minus female things)

~
TESTS FOR PCOS:
 ~
PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
The list of tests below are compiled from research, PCOS ladies and doctors…
* PCOS ladies have experienced needing these tests because their doctors do not know how much PCOS effects the body…

~
* Important:
~  For accurate results be BCP FREE for 2 solid months…
~  Rule out Cushings and Thyroid problems…

~
TESTS TO REQUEST:
~
CMP/Basic Metabolic Panel
Glucose^ ~ Urea Nitrogen (BUN) ~ Creatine ~ BUN/Creatine Ratio ~ Sodium ~ Potassium ~ Chloride ~ Carbon Dioxide ~ Calcium*….
~
Lipid Panel
Triglycerides ~ Total Cholesterol ~ HDL Cholesterol ~ LDL Cholesterol ~ Chol/HDLC Ratio….
~
Hepatic Function Panel
Total Protein ~ Albumin ~ Globulin ~ Albumin/Globulin Ratio ~ Total Bilirubin ~ Direct Bilirubin ~ Indirect Bilirubin ~ Alkaline Phosphate ~ AST ~ ALT ~ ALP….
~
Insulin^ ~ T3 ~ T4 ~ TSH^ ~ 17 OHPS ~ 17 PO ~ DHEA-S^ ~ FSH^ ~ LH^ ~ Prolactin^ ~ Hypothyroidism^….
~
Free Testosterone^ ~ Total Testosterone^ ~ SHBG^….
~ Iron* ~ Magnesium* ~ IL-6′* ~ Ferritin* ~ B12* ~ Estrogens ….
~
* = tests you need to request…
^ = tests needed for a suspected hormone disorder…
‘  = * special test done to warn of 3 things PCOS (1st 3 listed) can lead to….
IL-6 is Interleukin – 6 ….I found this deep in heart disease research…
… ~ ( Heart Disease ~ Diabetes ~ Osteoporosis ~ frailty ~ certain cancers )

~
Blood Tests Needed Before Prescribing Metformin/Glucophage:
~
LH ~ FSH ~ E2 (Estradiol) ~ DHEA-S ~ T ~ 17 OHP ~ Prolactin ~ TSH ~ BUN ~ CR ~ AST ~ ALT ~ LDH ~ Glucose (fasting)….
~
* “KEY” Blood Test – for losing weight:
~  Serum Insulin Level test… 
…. ~ If the level is 11 and under you will lose weight…
…. ~ IF level is 12 and above, guaranteed you will not lose weight…

~
Ultrasounds To Have:
~
Abdominal (regular one) and a TVS – TransVaginal
* These have not been deemed necessary to diagnose PCOS *

~ One lab i called that does ultrasounds said they are not always accurate…
~
Lab Tests Can Be Interpreted Here:
~
http://www.fertilityplus.org/faq/hormonelevels.html
- Fertility Plus Organization… Pregnancy tests are explained also….
~
http://www.labtestsonline.org/index.html
- Lab Tests Online…Public resource on clinical lab testing…
~
Drugs List:  (* LOOK here for good and adverse info)
www.Drugs.com
~
PCOS Lady:
Ladies
This is a strong guide of tests you should have done at some point… Your doctor may take less or more, your insurance may not cover some… If your doctor requests more, ask WHY… If your insurance does not cover them, ask WHY and have your doctor explain why the need in writing to them…

~
I hope this list further helps you in proper testing to give you a precise view of where you stand with your body in having PCOS… You are then able to know what needs done to make the wrongs right….
~  These tests sure showed me what’s what …

~
FYI:
~ YOU have to know about PCOS, i can’t stress it enough…
~ YOU have to know all the treatments available to you… Research and ask…
~ Treatment is a HIT & MISS scenario… No one cure for all!
~ YOU are in control with PCOS over your doctors…
~ FACT: 2004 the AACE http://www.aace.com made PCOS a priority to doctors…
~ Read it here: http://pcoslady.wordpress.com/category/aace/
~ PCOS is the most mis-diagnosed condition in women!
~
REMEMBER:
~
SYMPTOMS COUNT! ~ YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY COUNTS! ~ Know your symptoms ~ Know your treatments & options ~ “YOU” are in control of your body! ~ Knowledge is POWER!
~
Your life is at stake with PCOS, literally!
I wish you all well,
Christie
PCOS.Christie@Yahoo.com 
New Jersey

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My Original Blog:   http://PCOSLady.blogdrive.com/   … I have PCOS, FYI, Syndrome X, IR, home tests, etc… info there…
~

YOUR PCOS JOURNEY HAS BEGUN! … ~ … MAY YOU CONTINUE TO LEARN AND GAIN A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT PCOS AND ” YOU “! … ~ … MAY THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE BE YOUR DETERMINATION IN KNOWING THE RIGHT LIFESTYLE (treatments, diet, etc …) FOR YOU …

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