Friday, January 28, 2011

The PCOS Diet Plan

This is part 2 of a 2 part series of books I've read on how nutrition is used to treat various health conditions.

Hillary Wright is a registered dietitian who has treated many women with PCOS, aka poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. PCOS is a hormonal disorder that is characterized by weight gain, hair growth, insulin resistance, and especially cystic ovaries. This hormonal imbalance can lead to other very series health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and infertility.

Wright thoroughly explains the syndrome without overloading the reader with too much information. She includes the latest research, theories, and treatment plans. She discusses the psychological aspects of the syndrome. She doesn't discount medical advice. In fact, she says that while a nutritional aspect is essential to treatment, there may be plenty of justification for medication. The best approach is to work with your doctor and a nutritionist to develop the best treatment plan.

Half of the book explains the diet, which is very similar to a diet for pre-diabetics or those with insulin resistance. There is a heavy emphasis on balancing out the type of foods and when it is eaten. Honestly, the diet seemed complicated. Figuring out the carbs vs. calories along with portion sizes would be overwhelming. My sympathies for those that have insulin resistance or diabetes.

I liked this book and think it could be helpful to those that suffer with PCOS.

Book Rating: 4 stars, for a diet, self-help book.

The books I select for review are books which I personally select from my local library. I do not receive any reimbursement from authors or publishers or free books. I do provide links to Amazon as a convenience to the readers of this blog. I do earn a small referral pittance which is not even enough to buy a soda.

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