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The relationship between Vitamin D and PCOS

Image I had some blood work done with an endocrinologist recently in an effort to see where my hormone levels are at. I have utilized diet and exercise to reverse my PCOS symptoms but have been very tired and fatigued the past few months. I was worried my symptoms were coming back. My blood results were a little shocking, I was EXTREMELY Vitamin D Deficient. In fact the doctor wants me to take 2,000 IU of Vitamin D daily. He also mentioned it may have a connection to me not getting pregnant. So you guessed it, I got on the vitamins and started doing my research. Here is what I found: A woman suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome has to deal with all the annoying systems like irregular periods, depression, weight gain, excessive facial and body hair, cysts on the ovaries and infertility.  All these PCOS symptoms are caused by a hormonal imbalance and abnormally high androgen levels.  There are many things that can help to alleviate some of these symptoms such as proper nutrition and regular exercise.  Doctors now suggest that Vitamin D can play a key roll in helping to alleviate some of the symptoms of PCOS as well. Many women who suffer from PCOS are deficient in Vitamin D.  Since Vitamin D is beneficial for improving fertility, breast health, nervous system health and weight control, it is important for those who suffer from PCOS to take a Vitamin D supplement. It is not currently known yet if low levels of Vitamin D in PCOS patients are the cause for their polycystic ovaries or if it is the other way around.  There have been studies done that have shown that using Vitamin D supplements is suspected to decease insulin resistance in women with PCOS. In fact, many women have had some great results! However, you should talk to your doctor and be cautious because the studies that have been completed were not very extensive and there is still more research to be done before making the claim that Vitamin D supplements can greatly improve the symptoms associated with PCOS. If you suffer from PCOS and you do not currently know what your Vitamin D levels are, you can have a simple blood test done at your doctor’s office to check it.  Even though doctors are not totally sure that Vitamin D supplementation with PCOS is beneficial, it is still beneficial to everyone’s health to take a supplement of Vitamin D daily. So it certainly can’t hurt as long as your doctor gives you the okay! If you are interested in testing out whether or not Vitamin D supplementation will help to improve your PCOS symptoms, you can always do an experiment of your own.  Begin taking a daily supplement of Vitamin D and chart your PCOS symptoms each day.  By doing this you will be able to know if you can personally benefit by using a Vitamin D supplement.  It’s worth a try if it helps you to feel better and live a more fulfilling life as a result. Vitamin D can be increased in the body by simply soaking in some sunshine, but for many of us that is not a daily occurrence.  If you are not able to spend 10 to 15 minutes in sunlight per day, you may want to consider taking a vitamin D supplement. As my own experiment, I started taking a multivitamin with 1,000 IU of Vitamin D twice daily and I can honestly feel the difference in my energy level. I cannot believe it was such an easy fix for my fatigue. With the uphill battle against my PCOS symptoms and weight loss, I expected yet again another battle. But just taking a supplement, that is a relief. I have even started taking my coffee outside and just enjoying the sunlight daily. So ladies and fellow Cysters, please share this with fellow Cysters. Such a simple fix.

Inspired by Gandhi to “Be The Change”

BE THE CHANGE is a phrase I inherited from none other than Gandhi. I found this mug at a coffee shop a few years back and the message was exactly what I needed to hear that day. I now live by this message. Change should never be forced. Allow others to desire and make changes in their own lives. The only way to help others change is to lead by example and "Be the Change". Be the change