The Savvy Woman's Guide to Pcos (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

The Many Faces of a 21st Century Epidemic and What You Can Do abo

By Elizabeth Lee Vliet
(Chelsea Green Publishing Company, Paperback, 9781933213019, 384pp.)

Publication Date: November 2005

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is the most common endocrine cause of infertility and serious abdominal weight gain in young women. It affects millions-about 6 to 10 percent of reproductive age women. The impact of this devastating metabolic imbalance is overwhelming-from obesity to increased risk of teenaged diabetes to young mothers with heart attacks or strokes, and early onset of breast and uterine cancers. Early treatment is key to preventing serious health risks, unfortunately most sufferers don't even know they have PCOS unless they are trying to get pregnant. Doctors don't take it seriously, often minimizing symptoms like excess body hair, weight gain, acne or thinning scalp hair, thinking they are just cosmetic "problems of overanxious young women. It's not enough for doctors to tell women with PCOS to just "eat less and exercise more." This book delivers a user-friendly practical guide to understand this disorder, know what tests to ask for, what the tests mean, what treatments are available, and how to achieve a healthy hormone balance through a comprehensive action plan.
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