(PRWEB) February 1, 2006 -- With all the media attention finally being paid to the epidemic of diabetes, maybe it is about time one of the overlooked causes of this younger woman’s epidemic is treated. For as many as 60% of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) sufferers, PCOS leads directly to diabetes. A more startling fact?
More than 10 million women may have PCOS and not even know it. But they are walking around our streets everywhere. The young women with overflowing, out-of-control bellies and large trunks, excessive facial hair, excessive pounds, and endless acne—and those are the obvious symptoms.
What can't be seen are some of the leading causes of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and infertility in our young women. Treating these diseases costs monumental amounts of money.
This doesn’t even consider how the women themselves feel in a body out of control—their pain, their confusion, and their suffering. Watching their bodies suddenly pack on weight, seemingly out of nowhere.
Diet isn’t the issue—hormones are. As well as what our food supply has become—adulterated. How can feeding endless supplies of growth hormones to cattle to “fatten them up” for market, not get into the food chain and “fatten up” our daughters the same way? The current generation of young women have been hit with the results of decades of hormones poured into the food supply. If over 400 bodily functions are controlled by hormones, how can this not disrupt their hormone balance throwing their bodies medically out of whack? Why must they suffer the consequences of years of corporate greed? They shouldn’t have to.
How can a woman tell if she has PCOS? By getting her ovarian hormone levels tested for starters. Included in The Savvy Woman’s Guide to PCOS is a self-test aimed at women who think they may suffer from PCOS, and explains how PCOS affects a woman’s body, her health, and what tests to get to confirm whether or not she may have PCOS.
The trouble with our current medical system? Too many medical specialties treat only “their thing” and ignore the consequences of symptoms on the whole person. As more and more symptoms are treated separately, rather than seen as a whole, more and more medications are prescribed, costing society more money, more time lost from jobs, more pain and suffering, not to mention the ultimate costs as a sufferer of PCOS gets older.
Diabetes treatment costs a small fortune, not just to the sufferer, but to society in general. It is crucial for young women with this disorder to get properly diagnosed and treated before diabetes and early heart disease develop.
What are some of the effects of PCOS? Excessive facial hair, excessive pounds, endless acne and the more hidden damage done to a woman's body. In laymen’s terms, The Savvy Woman’s Guide to PCOS, The Many Faces of a 21st Century Epidemic... And What You Can Do About It spells out the symptoms, the effects of the symptoms, how to get properly treated, even if a patient has to fight for proper diagnosis and treatment, what the available treatments are—their pros and cons, and most importantly—what are the suspected and confirmed root causes of PCOS, and what a patient can do about it.
Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. is a women’s health physician with over twenty years experience treating thousands of women with bioidentical hormones for a variety of hormone problems. Dr. Vliet is the author of five acclaimed books: It’s My Ovaries, Stupid!; Screaming to Be Heard; Women, Weight and Hormones; The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Testosterone; and The Savvy Woman’s Guide to PCOS. Dr. Vliet regularly teaches consumer and medical education
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