July 25, 2012

Triglyceride FAQS

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

Monday, June 25, 2012
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http://conditions.aolhealth.com/triglycerides/site-map
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TRIGLYCERIDE ~ FAQs
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1. What are triglycerides?
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Triglycerides are a type of fat derived from the food we eat. Any calories we take in that aren’t used right away for energy are converted into triglycerides. Triglycerides move through the blood and are stored in fat cells. Our hormones regulate when triglycerides are released from fat cells to be used as energy between meals.
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2. Why should I care about my triglyceride level?
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A high blood triglyceride level–called hypertriglyceridemia–increases your risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. It’s linked to an increased risk for diabetes. High triglycerides are also a risk factor for chronic pancreatitis–inflammation of the pancreas.
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3. What causes high triglycerides?
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Excess triglycerides occur most often due to inactivity and being overweight. But they can also be triggered by high alcohol consumption, diabetes, or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Hypertriglyceridemia can also be a side effect of some medications, including birth control, corticosteroids, beta blockers, and others. High triglycerides also can stem from a genetic condition.
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4. How do I know if I have high triglycerides?
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A simple blood test, called a fasting lipid profile, measures cholesterol and triglycerides. If you’ve had your cholesterol tested and know your numbers, it’s likely your triglycerides were included. Doctors usually recommend men and women have the test at least every five years, beginning at age 20. People who have high triglycerides or are at risk for heart disease may need to have the test more often. Ask your doctor when you should be tested.
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5. What does my triglyceride level mean?
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Everyone has triglycerides in their body. And at normal levels, triglycerides are healthy. Talk to your doctor if your levels are above normal.
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Below are the ranges for triglyceride levels:
Normal: Less than 150 mg/dL
Borderline-high: 150 to 199 mg/dL
High: 200 to 499 mg/dL
Very high: 500 mg/dL or higher
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6. What lifestyle changes can I make to lower my triglycerides or keep them under control?
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If you’re overweight, reduce your calorie intake to achieve a normal weight. Exercise at least 30 minutes each day. Eat a diet low in saturated and trans fats. Drink alcohol only in moderation–one drink a day for women and two for men at most. And try to reduce your carbohydrate intake to no more than 60 percent of total calories. A diet high in carbohydrates raises triglyceride levels.
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7. Are there medications that can help?
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Lifestyle changes are the primary treatment for hypertriglyceridemia. But there are medications that may help some people. If your doctor prescribes medicine for high triglyceride levels, it’s still very important to exercise and eat a healthy diet.
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How Sugar Affects Triglycerides
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From Every Day Health site – story is deleted
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Triglycerides Health Center
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High-Fructose Corn Syrup May Lead to High Triglycerides
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Open your fridge or cupboard, and take a look at the labels on your food. Chances are you’ll see high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a common form of added sugar. The U.S. food supply provides a whopping 53 pounds of HFCS per person each year. That adds up to a lot of empty calories. Now a new study from Princeton University suggests that it may also lead to higher triglycerides.
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Is HFCS Bad News?
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HFCS is made by processing corn syrup to create a blend of two simple sugars: fructose and glucose. The result is a cheap sweetener used in a wide array of sugary drinks and processed foods, such as regular sodas, energy drinks, sweetened fruit drinks, candies, desserts, canned fruits, jams, yogurt, condiments, soups, spaghetti sauce, crackers, cereals, and breads.
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In the Princeton study, rats given HFCS gained more weight than those given sucrose (a.k.a. table sugar). This was true even when their calorie intake was the same. Over a period of months, rats fed HFCS also developed higher triglycerides and abnormal increases in abdominal fat. When such changes occur together in humans, they increase the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
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The Effect on Triglycerides
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Scientists are just starting to sort out how HFCS and triglycerides might be linked.
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Fructose vs. Glucose
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There has been little research done comparing the effects of HFCS with those of pure fructose or pure glucose. Pure fructose—found naturally in fruit—is broken down and used by the body differently from glucose.
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Studies show that eating a lot of fructose may raise triglyceride levels after meals. If this eating pattern continues for weeks, it may lead to higher triglyceride levels at other times, too. The triglyceride-raising effect may be stronger in men and in women after menopause than in younger women. Compared to glucose, fructose also may decrease insulin sensitivity and increase belly fat—risk factors for heart disease and diabetes that often go hand-in-hand with elevated triglycerides.
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HFCS vs. Sucrose
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In real life, most sugar in the U.S. diet isn’t pure fructose or glucose. Instead, it’s HFCS or sucrose. The latter are both compounds made of fructose and glucose, but there are key differences between them. First, sucrose contains equal parts fructose and glucose. But HFCS contains unequal amounts and often is a bit heavier on the fructose side. Second, the fructose molecules in HFCS, unlike those in sucrose, are “free” and “unbound.” This means they’re easier for the body to use.
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Theoretically, these differences could account for the different effects seen in rats fed HFCS or sucrose. Researchers think similar effects may occur in people as well. But more research in humans is needed before any firm conclusions can be drawn.
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Short and Sweet Advice
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What does this mean for you? To help manage not only your triglycerides but also your weight, it’s best to limit all added sugars. That’s any form of sugar put into a food or drink during processing, cooking, or serving. The American Heart Association says such sugars should add up to no more than 150 calories (about 9 teaspoons) per day for men or 100 calories (about 6 teaspoons) per day for women.
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Reaching this goal isn’t easy; the average American currently gets more than two to three times that many calories per day from sugar. But every little bit helps. To get started, the next time you’re at the store, instead of buying sugary sodas, energy drinks, or fruit punches, choose sugar-free or low-calorie drinks instead.
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Keep reading those food labels. If you see HFCS listed there, you might want to give your food or drink choice a second thought.
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GOOGLE:
triglycerides
how sugar affects triglycerides

June 14, 2012

Lose Stomach Fat Fast

Posted in LIFESTYLE CHANGES tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:08 am by PCOSLady

http://allwomenstalk.com/12-best-ways-to-lose-stomach-fat/3/
~ All Women Stalk … Awesome site for various topics…
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PCOS Lady:
You can certainly visit the site… The poster has listed the site’s ways plus more…
~ Choose what fits for you!
~ Adapt and find ways to stay motivated… My favorite is “Eat this and die years earlier”…
~ I tried hypnosis many years ago, it made me think before a thought of or purchased items… So i created my favorite statement above…
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http://www.doctoroz.com/search?q1=fat+cancers
~ Dr Oz … Fat cancer list …
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Thumbs up January 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm
Anonymous says:
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The best ways to lose that belly fat fast:
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1. ~ Make a plan
2. ~ Carry water everywhere to start losing stomach fat
3. ~ Color your plate
4. ~ Cut out fast food – it’s an absolute must for having a flat tummy
5. ~ Cut out soda
6. ~ Doing your weight bearing exercises – one of the best ways to lose stomach fat fast
7. ~ Do your non-weight bearing exercises, too!
8. ~ Don’t be complacent!
9. ~ Don’t starve yourself! It won’t help you lose stomach fat faster.
10. ~ Don’t deprive yourself, either!
11. ~ Don’t give up on your goal to lose stomach fat fast
12. ~ Don’t try to isolate
13. ~ Drink a glass of water before you eat
14. ~ Eat 5 small meals a day to lose stomach fat fast
15. ~ Give yourself 20 minutes to feel full after the meal
16. ~ Get the right fit!
17. ~ Get your cardio going for losing stomach fat faster!
18. ~ Have a specific goal in mind for your weight loss
19. ~ Ignore the hype when it comes to commercial products for losing stomach fat fast
20. ~ Ignore the scale
21. ~ One of the best ways to lose stomach fat – knowing your portions
22. ~ Maintain good posture to start losing stomach fat
23. ~ One word: swim!
24. ~ Read the labels (even on diet food)
25. ~ See a pro
26. ~ Strengthen your core
27. ~ Substitute the sweets to lose stomach fat faster
28. ~ The perfect push-up?
29. ~ Try reverse sit-ups
30. ~ Work together!
31. ~ You need to eat more meals and more often to lose that fat
32. ~ Never skip breakfast
33. ~ Carefully monitor the food you are eating
34. ~ Eat slowly – it’s an easy yet surprisingly effective way to lose stomach fat fast
35. ~ Do the most effective exercise efficiently
36. ~ Drink, drink and drink again!
37. ~ Get more sleep if you want to lose stomach fat
38. ~ Cut down or eliminate alcohol consumption
39. ~ Take the long way to lose stomach fat more rapidly
40. ~ Reduce your salt intake
41. ~ Avoid stress
42. ~ Stay motivated to lose stomach fat fast!
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ALKALINE vs ACIDIC FOOD CHART… ~ … CANCER LOVES TO THRIVE ON AN ACIDIC CHEMICAL SCENARIO IN YOU! … ~ … CLICK ON CHART TO SEE FULL SIZE…

May 2, 2012

PCOS & LOCAH & THYROID Symptoms “only”

Posted in PCOS SYMPTOMS tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:53 am by PCOSLady

SHORT SWEET AND PRECISE FOR YOU!


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QUOTE:
“PCOS is not just a reproductive disorder; it’s a major health concern for women who are affected,” Dr. Nestler

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PCOS & LOCAH & THYROID Symptoms
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* Full list with tests, websites, info (follow blog links) *
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This list of symptoms is beneficial for you to read over…
~ Some of you may have the symptoms or know a lady that does… My short listing…
~ 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…
~ 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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Symptoms for PCOS and LOCAH compiled from sites, forums, groups, research, 1st hand experiences, etc…
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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…. 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 Imbalances…. PX ~ LX ~__
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Important info is found in research as well…
~ Join research sites for updates, etc…
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Birth Control Pills lower all your hormones… If some are still high, you could have PCOS &/or LOCAH… (per a research facility manager)
~ Be off them a solid 2 months before being tested for PCOS!
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2/98 Cosmopolitan Magazine

article on PCOS by Dr. John Nestler, MD, professor of Endocrinology in Virginia …
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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;
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~ high Cholesterol
~ obesity
~ high blood pressure
~ risk of Diabetes
~ heart disease
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*** If women have regular periods and normal levels of testosterone, they DO NOT have PCOS… Per Dr. Nestler…***
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Ladies (PCOS, Syndrome O & X) and men (Syndrome X) you need to read my information…(from my blogs)
~ Check off the symptoms you have, copy them and show your doctors…
~ YOU will be saving your own life in time…
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This is my personal crusade to enlighten, inform and educate everyone about PCOS, Syndrome O and Syndrome X and related conditions … I have created blogs to show you and arm you with all needed to get the proper diagnosis…
~ Realize, if not treated you will die an early death in your 40’s thru 60’s of heart disease or cancer…
~ These syndromes will educate you on your own body inside and out…
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Please feel free to read more and contact me through my blogs … http://PCOSLady.wordpress.com/
~ A wealth of info on PCOS, related conditions and more….
or
http://PCOSLady.blogdrive.com/
~ My original blog with a wealth of info…
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You have made a wise choice, to save ‘YOU” and be healthier and live a happier life!
You have begun your PCOS Lifelong Journey…
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Sincerely, Christie
PCOS Lady ~ E-mail: PCOS.Christie@yahoo.com

March 23, 2012

“KEY” PCOS Symptoms

Posted in "KEY" PCOS SYMPTOMS, KEY SYMPTOMS & WORD tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:11 am by PCOSLady

PCOS.... SPREAD THE WORD TO EVERYONE! SAVE LIVES!!!!


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PCOS May Effect YOU! (women & men)
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PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome…
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PCOS is a hormone imbalance creating havoc throughout your entire body… Doctors misdiagnose it and misinterpret it all because they have no real idea of the whole truth about PCOS….
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I urge you to read through all my info, for you will be enlightened and relieved you have found the cause of your “normal” symptoms… You know the symptoms you live with daily and accepted as normal for you your whole life!
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Read through my 1st blog at Blog Drive… There you will gain knowledge of a wealth of topics and related conditions… I have elaborated there… Infact, i am constantly adding to it… Mystery Diagnosis ran a segment on “The Woman That Could Not Wake Up”… Hypopituitarism is another hormone disorder that also effects men & woman… The symptoms overlap with certain ones specific to each disorder…
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** PRINT OUT my Symptoms & Tests lists and check off your symptoms, make a copy for your doctor **
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* Your doctor took an oath that includes “First do no harm…..” *
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– I feel a doctor is hurting you if he misdiagnoses and mistreats or doesn’t treat or diagnose you at all… ( I have the oath link, it has changed over the years)
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“Welcome” to the first step of your PCOS Journey… May you be well informed, in control of your treatments and on your way to a healthier happier life!
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Christie
PCOS Lady
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1st blog: http://PCOSLady.blogdrive.com/
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http://PCOSLady.wordpress.com/
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Ladies,
Consider asking yourself…
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Do you:
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~ Fly off the handle?
~ Have bouts of depression?
~ Have mood swings or moody alot?
~ Have acne that never goes away?
~ Get stray dark or black hairs in strange places?
~ Have a reddish face at times?
~ Perspire or sweat heavy?
~ Have oily skin and/or hair? (excessive at times)
~ Ever feel so alone?
~ Ever secretly cut yourself? A Cutter…?
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YOU may have this hormone disorder called PCOS!
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Ladies, hair on your toes is a little known symptom signaling your testosterone is high… Psst, maybe PCOS!
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Please, read through my info, my blog at Blog Drive and learn more than most of your doctors know…
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YOU know your body!
YOU are in control of your body!
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Know the symptoms…
Know your options, too!
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PASS the WORD: Enrich your life and save someone’s life you know as well…
Get the word, PCOS, out to everyone you know….
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Christie
PCOS Lady
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Men you can have Syndrome X…
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Please realize you could save your marriage and relationships even prevent some surgeries by knowing about PCOS and how much your hormones may be effecting YOU…
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PCOS May Effect YOU! (women & men)
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My Blogs:
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http://PCOSLady.wordpress.com/category/PCOS/

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Original Blog:
http://PCOSLady.blogdrive.com/
– This one copy & pastes perfectly…. It just is quirky posting in it…
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Please realize from years of collecting research, 1st hand experiences from forums and groups along with my experiences YOU are armed with all you need to demand your own diagnosis… YOU will also be able to oversee the treatments and tests your doctor may prescribe…
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The list of symptoms listed here should be known by every doctor! IF you have experienced any of these four you have PCOS!
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The “KEY” symptoms for PCOS are;
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* ~ irregular periods/menses…
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* ~ excessive hair growth…
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* ~ polycystic ovaries…
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* ~ have had miscarriages…
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* March 2012 i was astonished to learn about the Celiac Disease… Read my post on it in my WordPress blog… 300 symptoms and conditions overlapping PCOS and many other medical conditions… *
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Fatigue is another condition overlapping PCOS symptoms and starting to effect many in their late 40’s and early 50’s now… Read my Fatigue series posts…
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SITES
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http://www.unhaggardhousewife.com/2011/09/celebrities-with-pcos.html
~ Unhaggard Housewife… celebrities with pcos plus more info…
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Feel free to repost this or any part of this to get the PCOS word out there…. Save a life!
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GOOGLE:
celebrities with PCOS
PCOS
PCOS symptoms
Stein Leventhal Syndrome

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__
———————————————————
……. 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
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* 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 ~__
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Important info found in research as well…
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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

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*** If women have regular periods and normal levels of testosterone, they DO NOT have PCOS… Per Dr. Nestler…***
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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…
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http://www.endotext.org/pediatrics/pediatrics8a/pediatrics8a.htm
~ EndoText.com … Pediatrics Endocrinology … Lengthy explanation …
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http://www.dundee.ac.uk/medther/tayendoweb/congenital_adrenal_hyperplasia.htm
~ NHS Tayside … Informative …
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www.ahn.org.uk
~ Adrenal Hyperplasia Network
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www.livingwithcah.com
~ CAH Support Group
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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)
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PCOS SITES:
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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…
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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 …
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www.soulcysters.com
Forum: * www.soulcysters.net *
~ PCOS women, information, forum, resources, etc… Worth joining! Happens to be the largest PCOS forum…
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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!
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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…
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www.ivf.com/ivffaq.html
www.ivf-et.com/tlc/fact_pcos.html
~ The Center for Applied Reproductive Science … Infertility and PCOS …
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http://pcosinconnection.com/ … (Formerly … http://www.pcos.itgo.com)
~ PCOS Connection … PCOS Informational Center …
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www.PCOSCoach.com
–  PCOS Coach – Infornation, newsletter, books and links…
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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
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THYROID SITE:
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http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hypothyroidism/a/checklist.htm
~ ~ About.com … Hypothyroidism Risk/Symptoms Checklist … Help in Diagnosis and Fine tuning Your Treatment …
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ANDROGEN SITE
http://wwwthorne.com/townsend/mar/wns_update.html
– Info on Androgens and women’s health ( worth reading)
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NOTES FROM RESEARCH:
PCOS is only in women at present… (research on men is going on)… But,
LOCAH effects women and men…

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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…

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

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

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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…
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Test Results are explained here:
http://www.fertilityplus.org/faq/hormonelevels.html
– Fertility Plus Organization… Pregnancy tests are explained also…
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http://www.labtestsonline.org/index.html
– Lab Tests Online…Public resource on clinical lab testing…
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Conversion Table for Blood Glucose Monitoring:
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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…
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GUESS WHAT?
YOU end up having to educate your doctor(s)…. I quess the price paid for rare disorders, syndromes, etc…

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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…

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FYI INFO:
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* 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)

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TESTS FOR PCOS:
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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…

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

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TESTS TO REQUEST:
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CMP/Basic Metabolic Panel
Glucose^ ~ Urea Nitrogen (BUN) ~ Creatine ~ BUN/Creatine Ratio ~ Sodium ~ Potassium ~ Chloride ~ Carbon Dioxide ~ Calcium*….
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Lipid Panel
Triglycerides ~ Total Cholesterol ~ HDL Cholesterol ~ LDL Cholesterol ~ Chol/HDLC Ratio….
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Hepatic Function Panel
Total Protein ~ Albumin ~ Globulin ~ Albumin/Globulin Ratio ~ Total Bilirubin ~ Direct Bilirubin ~ Indirect Bilirubin ~ Alkaline Phosphate ~ AST ~ ALT ~ ALP….
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Insulin^ ~ T3 ~ T4 ~ TSH^ ~ 17 OHPS ~ 17 PO ~ DHEA-S^ ~ FSH^ ~ LH^ ~ Prolactin^ ~ Hypothyroidism^….
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Free Testosterone^ ~ Total Testosterone^ ~ SHBG^….
~ Iron* ~ Magnesium* ~ IL-6’* ~ Ferritin* ~ B12* ~ Estrogens ….
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* = 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 )

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Blood Tests Needed Before Prescribing Metformin/Glucophage:
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LH ~ FSH ~ E2 (Estradiol) ~ DHEA-S ~ T ~ 17 OHP ~ Prolactin ~ TSH ~ BUN ~ CR ~ AST ~ ALT ~ LDH ~ Glucose (fasting)….
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* “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…

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Ultrasounds To Have:
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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…
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Lab Tests Can Be Interpreted Here:
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http://www.fertilityplus.org/faq/hormonelevels.html
– Fertility Plus Organization… Pregnancy tests are explained also….
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http://www.labtestsonline.org/index.html
– Lab Tests Online…Public resource on clinical lab testing…
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Drugs List:  (* LOOK here for good and adverse info)
www.Drugs.com
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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…

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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 …

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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: https://pcoslady.wordpress.com/category/aace/
~ PCOS is the most mis-diagnosed condition in women!
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REMEMBER:
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SYMPTOMS COUNT! ~ YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY COUNTS! ~ Know your symptoms ~ Know your treatments & options ~ “YOU” are in control of your body! ~ Knowledge is POWER!
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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…
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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 …