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    Recently i have been diagnosed with PCOS and am quite concerned about this and how it will affect my life as im 18 and have always wanted children when i am older. The doctor has advised me to lose weight but just out of curiosity, what exactly will the weight loss do? Will it help with my irregular periods and thinning scalp hair and the acanthosis nigricans that i suffer on various regions of my body because of PCOS? I think i may be insulin resistant and so was wondering if i should keep carbs and sugary foods to the absolute minimum or start the GI diet? Will i have to consume low amounts of carbs and/or go on the gi diet for the rest of my life? thank you for any information anyone can give as i do not know anyone else who has ever had this syndrome and the diagnosis has come as a shock.
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    If I were you, I'd asked to be referred to a PCOS clinic. You sound like you've got some associated problems so I'd go and see a specialist for proper treatment. You should have been tested for insulin resistance? I know they put women on Metformin if they're found to insulin resistant. It can also aid weightloss.

    Weightloss can significantly reduce PCOS symptoms. I have ovarian cysts and for a time had PCOS symptoms, but all the symptoms disappeared when I lost a significant amount of weight.

    Again, go back to your GP and discuss treatment options and a referral to a specialist or clinic.
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    i have pcos, and also diabetes type 2. (i'm 21) they found it when testing for pcos. i think you need to go back to the dr, and ask for more information. and about the asosiated problems. if you understand how weight loss will help your other problems too, you'll probably be more motivated to lose it as well!

    if youre worried about insulin resistance they could test you for pre-diabetes as well, unless youve already had blood tests done for that? losing weight would lower your risk of developing diabetes as well.

    a reduced carb diet would help with insulin resistance yes, if you have any, (note: in my opinion) but current medical advice is to still consume plenty of carbs - but changing white to wholegrain.
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    I have PCOS too and was diagnosed when I was 17 and thought that it was literally the end of the world in many respects.
    Losing weight with PCOS has been a nightmare for me, what with one of the symptoms being putting on weight and then it making it really hard to lose it. My doctor has put me on metformin 3 times a day for it which seems to be helping. Weightloss will help your cycles and decrease the amount/size of the cysts, reduce any hirsutism and generally make you feel better. Exercise is also another important thing, even if you're going for a walk around the block for 30mins a day it all helps.
    As for pregnancy and having children, there are many routes you can go down. I know some women who have PCOS and have had children naturally, some with IVF and help with medication like Clomid. I went to see someone about this as I had alot of questions, and they said they didn't need to see me again until I was ready to look into having children but every hospital Trust is different so ask for an appointment and go in armed with lots of questions !!

    Good luck :-)
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    Recently i have been diagnosed with PCOS and am quite concerned about this and how it will affect my life as im 18 and have always wanted children when i am older.
    My mum has PCOS and conceived me without any problems, if that's reassuring to hear. Try not to worry too much, you don't know for sure that you're going to have trouble and even if you do, there are plenty of options available. Look after yourself now and worry about that hurdle (if it even is one!) when you get to it.

    The doctor has advised me to lose weight but just out of curiosity, what exactly will the weight loss do?
    Being overweight affects your hormones and hormones play a large part in PCOS. Of course, losing weight isn't a cure, but if you lose weight, your weight will affect your hormones less, so you'll hopefully see the symptoms improve a bit.
 
 
 
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