Friday, October 10, 2014

Do You Have PCOS? Gluten Sensitivity May Be to Blame

Hello everyone!

I was chatting up a friend last night who, like me, has PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and she said something very, very interesting.

They say that PCOS is caused by gluten intolerance, not the other way around.

Have PCOS? Try kicking the gluten!

That really intrigued me so I did some reading.  Sure enough, I found several articles saying things to support that theory.

One article in particular by PCOS Diva was particularly informative. 

The article discusses how PCOS is caused by inflammation in the body.  People with gluten intolerance who eat it are causing their bodies to be in a constant state of inflammation. This in turn causes all kinds of other problems (aside from PCOS) like joint pain, diabetes, etc.

Something else the article said was that odds are that if you have gluten intolerance, you're also lactose intolerant in some way.  Any additional source of estrogen (soy and dairy) affects you more than people without gluten sensitivity.

From the article: 

So in addition to the symptoms mentioned above, maybe you’re also experiencing:
* Trouble sleeping (difficulty falling asleep, not experiencing refreshing sleep)
* General fatigue – all the time, even with enough sleep and exercise
* Generalized joint and muscle aches, maybe diagnosed with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome
* Weight gain for no reason; resistance to weight loss despite healthy diet and exercise
* You’re sick all the time. Colds/flus, infections (bacterial, yeast)
* Lightheadedness
* Fogginess/ poor memory/difficulty concentrating
* Low blood sugar – post-prandial hypoglycemia(after you eat a meal, you feel even more tired and hungry than before you ate)
* Long-term effects: allergies (environmental: hay fever, food allergies), arthritis, asthma, hypothyroidism

I see a lot of these in me- especially the tiredness/joint pain/weight issues/mental fog

By simply eliminating gluten from your diet, all of these symptoms are entirely reversible. Within a week, you can start feeling like yourself again.

I am really hoping that this happens for me, because trying other things and not going gluten free has had very little result. 

For the full article- click here! 

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