Weight, and Obesity more specifically, is a pre-existing and pre-disposing condition and risk factor for many, if not most, of the serious health ailments plaguing us today. BMI will not help determine the type of fat accumulation, and some fat, like fat around the org...

Melissa’s is also one of my favourite stories, unlike Gabi’s, Melissa’s story was not simple at all. Her journey was convoluted and strenuous, but what I most admire about Melissa is how she took it in stride. Many women face infertility with depression, anxiety and a...

“Beautiful Banting Baby”

I really like Gabi’s story because it is simple, clear-cut PCOS. But like every other story, there’s always a twist…

I knew Gabi well, she had been my patient and friend a few years back in 2009, looking to lose a bit of weight in her early 20’s....

Figure 1 Keto Diet

In early 2010, when I was diagnosed with PCOS (officially, because I knew something was off for a while), I didn’t know what a Keto (Ketogenic) Diet was. In fact, I probably only learned about Keto after I had my second child, 4 years ago. The name “K...

On my last blog I alluded to the fact that some women, maybe MANY women, with PCOS could help or reverse their condition through dietary and lifestyle modifications. This is not new to the medical community, and most women with PCOS have tried to do just that. It is a...

The current conventional PCOS treatment focuses on managing the patient’s individual signs and symptoms. The specific treatment prescribed will include medications and/or lifestyle modifications. This is called disease management. At any one time a patient might be on...

PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is a syndrome whose diagnosis is given by exclusion. A "Syndrome" is defined as “a group of symptoms that together are characteristic of a specific disorder, disease, or the like”. Often in medicine when something is character...

Below I will list the most common signs and symptoms of PCOS presented to clinicians and their prevalence in women with PCOS. As noted before, PCOS is the most common endocrine (hormonal) condition of women of reproductive age, presenting with metabolic and reproductiv...

In the second part of the Diagnosis of PCOS, I would like to dissect the clinical evaluation of its diagnostic features. A proper diagnostic protocol will determine firstly, who has PCOS, secondly, how many women worldwide actually have this condition, and lastly, lead...

How is PCOS diagnosed? The only reason why this is important is because depending on whether you are given the PCOS “label” will determine how you are treated.  Also, the “diagnosis” of PCOS allows for records showing the “incidence” of PCOS, i.e. how prevalent it is....

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