Book Review: The PCOS Health & Nutrition Guide
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With the age at which young children enter puberty reversing back from tween (relative ages, 12-14 years) to childhood (relative ages, 6-9 years), the potential for reproductive health issues to develop in women increases. Currently, between 5% and 10% of all females of reproductive age are afflicted with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This syndrome is a multifaceted hormonal disorder distinguished by such varying symptoms as menstrual cycle irregularities, ovarian cysts, and infertility. Many women are not even aware they have PCOS until more serious complications beyond infertility and menstrual problems arise. Such serious complications can include ovarian cancer, heart disease, chronic obesity, thyroid disorder, and diabetes.
Coauthors Jillian Stansbury, ND, and Sheila Mitchell, MD, address the need to recognize that PCOS is a disorder necessitating a better understanding by all women. The PCOS Health & Nutrition Guide provides information women need to know about the origin and progression of PCOS. Drs Stansbury and Mitchell establish a plan for women to prevent this condition and treat it effectively. The plan requires more than just helping to resolve infertility issues; it also addresses how to improve general health and longevity.
The PCOS Health & Nutrition Guide is broken into 3 main parts. Part I provides an overview of PCOS. It encompasses defining factors of PCOS, including symptoms and diagnosis. This aspect of the book relays the important conditions associated with PCOS (ie, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, heart disease, thyroid dysfunction, etc): “due to the numerous and serious associated conditions, diagnosing hormonal and metabolic imbalances as early as possible is an important preventative measure” (p 28). Part II focuses on managing PCOS. This facet of the book develops 3 alternative approaches to managing PCOS via dietary measures, nutritional supplements, and herbal medicines. Part III of the book focuses on 125 recipes, meal plans, PCOS boosts, and medicinal beverages that may be taken to manage the disease: “dietary therapy is the number one strategy for managing PCOS and associated conditions. Some foods are simply not good to eat if you have PCOS, while other foods are therapeutic” (p 69).
Polycystic ovarian syndrome needs to be better understood by women to improve their general health and life span and to resolve infertility issues. In a very user-friendly way (with case histories, question and answer boxes, pictures, diagrams, and PCOS facts statistics boxes), Dr Stansbury relays this information to women in a very factual, lucid, and transparent format that is easy to follow and easy to heal.
Author: Jillian Stansbury, ND, and Sheila Mitchell, MD
Publisher: Robert Rose
Available from: http://www.robertrose.ca