PCOS for Dummies

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Authors: Gaynor Bussell and Sharon Perkins

Genre: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 268

Publication Date: 2011

Summary: PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a disease that affects up to 10% of women of reproductive age.  This book, in classic “For Dummies” style, gives you a basic overview of the disease and treatments in an easy-to-read style of writing.  The book also includes information about how to incorporate a low-glycemic-index diet, weight loss, medications that can be used to treat symptoms, and how to deal with infertility and pregnancy.

Recommended: Yes.  The information is very user-friendly and you can either read the whole book or just the sections that are interesting to you.  There is a section at the end that includes resources that provide information and support.

If You’re Offended: No problems here.

Noteworthy Excerpts: “If you have PCOS, you may be told that you have insulin resistance (pre-diabetes). There aren’t a lot of physical signs of insulin resistance, but the following clues can warn you of the possibility: darkened areas of skin around the neck, in the armpits, on the elbows, behind the knees, and around the knuckles, fat accumulation around the waist, and skin tags that grow off the skin.”    “If you keep blood glucose levels under control, eat well, and lose even a small amount of weight before getting pregnant, you can significantly decrease your risk of complications during pregnancy.”