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The Savvy Woman's Guide to PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome): The Many Faces of a 21st Century Epidemic....And What You Can Do About It
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.
Informative, thorough, and extremely helpful
- August 9, 2006
This is the book I wish I had read fifteen years ago. Dr. Vliet thoroughly explains the multiple causes and complex hormonal activity that can cause PCOS, without ever condescending to the reader or filling her with despair. The informational dump can get a little overwhelming at times, but it's a complex subject. (I was so enthusiastic to see some real explanations of the nutty hormonal behaviour my body was manifesting that I tried to read it all in one go.) Dr. Vliet offers a recommended series of tests, explains what normal and atypical results are, makes suggestions for dealing with uncooperative doctors, and explains the various hormonal treatment options available. Rather than just suggesting diet and exercise treatments like so many other PCOS books, she presents additional options for those of us who didn't find diet and exercise to be sufficient remediation. I particularly appreciated the extended treatment of common additional conditions -- I had no idea that my heart... read more
If you suspect you suffer from PCOS, your answer lies here.
By Kitty Werner "katinvermont"
- February 2, 2006
Why is it that everyone overweight is assumed to be eating too much of the wrong foods? Or just plain pigging out? That isn't always so! Sometimes it is your hormones so out of whack that your body reacts badly. It isn't just food!
Finally, here's a book that lays out the entire spectrum of PCOS.
The Savvy Woman's Guide to PCOS is written for the patient to understand her options, as well as how to get help-what to look for, what are treatment options, what works and what makes matters worse. It can also be used by the medical community as a guide to treatment. So often patients are treated for so many varied symptoms, the entire person isn't considered. This generally makes the patient worse, not better.
Think of a bread mix: each ingredient is balanced to bake a perfect loaf. If the balance becomes haphazard-too much water, too little flour, not enough salt, for example-you don't have bread, you have mush.
The most galling issue regarding... read more
Best PCOS book!
By R. White
- February 16, 2006
The best PCOS book I have found! Dr. Vliet has such a wealth of knowledge when it comes to hormones and especially PCOS. This book is laid out beautifully which makes it easy to find the information you are looking for. I own a library of books on PCOS and now only use this one, she really knows her stuff.
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