By Dr. Nancy Dunne and Bill Slater
Jan. 16, 2009
A recent study of women with PCOS at the UCLA School of Medicine has shown that the hormone insulin is directly related to the severity of hirsutism. Hirsutism is the presence of excessive facial and body hair.
The higher your insulin level, the more severe the hair problem. Unfortunately, women with PCOS are very likely to have insulin levels that are abnormally high. So it’s no surprise that hirsutism is a problem.
If you have an issue with abnormal facial or body hair, you’ll want to lower your insulin levels.
So how do you do that?
The first step is always to improve the quality of your diet so that your body does not have to produce so much insulin. This is extremely important because PCOS women tend to over-produce insulin in response to the standard American meal. Your meals need to be different, as we describe in our PCOS diet book.
Second, you’ll need to make exercise part of your daily routine. Exercise helps you to control insulin.
Third, you can take supplements like chromium, which helps insulin do its job, and thus you need less insulin. This is why chromium is included in our d-pinitol formula.
Fourth, you can take pharmaceuticals such as metformin, which also help you to get by with less insulin. But a problem with metformin is its side effects.
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