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Old 03-26-2010, 11:50 AM   #1
lafrech
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I just want to say I'm so HAPPY that there is this forum for those of us over 40. I have been trying to connect to others with PCOS, and every place I looked all I saw was people concerned with infertility issues. It's great to have you all out there!
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Old 06-10-2010, 02:29 PM   #2
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I'll be 61 in Aug. and I have just been informed that I have PCOS by a dietician. I went for a health assessment to see how fit I am or not and at the end sat down to discuss results with dietician. We talked about all my health problems through the yrs. and that 3 or 4 yrs ago I was told I was a diabetic. That's when she said it sounded like I had PCOS, and that it is a case of too much testosterone, and I was born with it. I've had: fertility, weight, acne problems, ruptured cysts, along with miscarriages, ectopic preg., uterine cancer ( a complete radical hysterectomy), and now diabetes. My husband of 36 yrs has consistently "tried to help" me with my weight. He's military and "'knew" I was not exercising enough or eating too much. He's been a pain in "my you know what". I feel like I did when I found out at the age of 47 that I was ADD. Once again I am overwhelmed with all kinds of emotions: grief (for what could have been), shock, disbelief (and at the same time here are the reasons all this has happened), and many more I can't even name.
Has anyone had success with "bioidentical hormone treatment"?
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Old 06-10-2010, 02:31 PM   #3
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I'll be 61 in Aug. and I have just been informed that I have PCOS by a dietician. I went for a health assessment to see how fit I am or not and at the end sat down to discuss results with a dietician. We talked about all my health problems through the yrs. and that 3 or 4 yrs ago I was told I was a diabetic. That's when she said it sounded like I had PCOS, and that it is a case of too much testosterone, and I was born with it. I've had: fertility, weight, acne problems, ruptured cysts, along with miscarriages, ectopic preg., uterine cancer ( a complete radical hysterectomy), and now diabetes. My husband of 36 yrs has consistently "tried to help" me with my weight. He's military and "'knew" I was not exercising enough or eating too much. He's been a pain in "my you know what". I feel like I did when I found out at the age of 47 that I was ADD. Once again I am overwhelmed with all kinds of emotions: grief (for what could have been), shock, disbelief (and at the same time here are the reasons all this has happened), and many more I can't even name.
Has anyone had success with "bioidentical hormone treatment"?
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:59 PM   #4
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Hi lafreck and Noel,
I too am most grateful for a group over 40. I'm 54 and in Aug of this year after a trip to the ER for what we thought was respiratory failure I was told I had diabetes. My blood sugar was 600. My Mother had hypoglycemia in her 60s and my grandmother became diabetic in her 80s. I am morbidly obese but it wasn't because I wasn't trying to lose weight. I did the diet but not the exercise. It took two days of insulin injections for the endocrinologist to release me from critical care once my blood sugar levels came down to normal levels. The endocrinologist told me at that point that I have PCOS. She said I am a classic PCOS patient. When she told me more about PCOS I began to suddenly feel like all the illnesses in my life were explained (with the exception of my upper respiratory complications that started when I was 4 years old). I have allergies out the wazu, had severe menstrual cycles, lost all of the hair on my head when I was 16 and within a couple of years some of it returned and that "some" is where it has stayed every since. I've gone back and forth with wigs and hats and scarves and am at a place where I do what feels right for that day...somedays its just me and the peach fuzz and other days it's the accessories. My husband and I couldn't have children, had two miscarriages, and in 1997 I had to have a complete hysterectomy and double oopherectomy. Two surgeons went into surgery planning on 4 hrs to complete the task.... it took them eight hours. They said my uterious was the size of someone 6 months pregnant and my ovaries were the size of oranges. There were too many fibroid tumors too count. I have always had problems losing weight even when I was running 7 miles per day. Now I am full blown type 2 diabetic, have good "bad" cholestrol and my good cholestrol is too low which apparently is another part of PCOS. I have just been diagnosed with stage 2 into stage 3 liver disease which they call NASH which apparently is another symptom with PCOS according to my GI specialist, or at least elevated liver enzymes are. I have migraines 27 out of 30 days and have had them since 1997 like this. The are so severe I can not work. I have found some information that leads me to believe migraines and PCOS are related but the studies I have read on the web say migraines are no more prevelant in women with PCOS than without it. The bottom line is I am totally overwhelmed. I have lost 18 pounds since August of this year, and am trying to LOVE to walk daily (whether I want to or not). I don't quite understand the liver disease diagnosis but a biopsy has been done and the next step is an MRI of my liver to look at how badly the scars go. I pray I am still in the "stage" with the liver disease that it can be reversed. All in all, thanks for listening, and for being here. I just can't understand why it took sooooo long for someone to tell me I had PCOS. Was this just discovered? I think I read something about it being discovered in the late 1990s but do you all know this? All I know is if you think you have PCOS go to a good endocrinologist who seems to know the most about it, or at least that is who told me I had it. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-18-2010, 04:09 PM   #5
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Hi Livelikeno2morrow

I am 52, I also have PCOS and so does my daughter. I started understanding this problem when my daugter was diagnosed two years ago. For what I have understood, one of the main reasons for PCOS is that our bodies do not use the insulin we produce to process fats and sugars. With time this creates total chaos in our bodies. Basically, any thing we eat becomes a molecule of fat and goes straight into our belly, this is why most overweight PCOS women have big bellies. With time the fat gets into the organs behind our bellies. We start getting fatty livers, gall bladder stones, and more dangerously, fat in the arteries feeding our heart. With time, many PCOS sufferers develop diabetes II.
The hair loss is due to high levels of testosterone in our blood that attack the hair follicles making them shrink... and we have hairy bodies also due to the excess testosterone that is produced in our ovaries... mayhem....

The best approach to food we have found is to eat low GI or low GL food. You can search this in teh internet or buy a book for a low GI/GL diet. Explore this topic. It does work, you don't feel deprived and it is good for you.
My daughter has lost 50 pounds following it but also exercising. I have not been so good, and just changing my eating habits and increasing a bit my physical activity have lost around 30 pounds.
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