I promised I would blog after seeing the dietician and well here it is, you may think this post is oddly named especially with a roman numeral, HOWEVER there is method to my madness! I need to learn to get my PCOS under control and make it learn to live with my under MY conditions so we are going into battle, one step at a time.
So, Wednesday was interesting with the dietitian, she was very softly spoken and to begin with I felt like it was a big waste of my time as she confirmed everything I was doing was right, so all I could think was
Then we discussed a GI diet and exercise and yes, its not my favourite past time (its hard to believed I had a love affair with the gym only 2 years ago!) but both her and I agreed its time I found my mojo again and did something as diet is not enough on its own. Then she asked me how my GP & I have been managing my PCOS for the last almost 11 years, I told her it was simple they told me lose weight and my symptoms would improve. She looked a bit taken aback by my bold statement and proceeded to ask me about medication and consultants, both of which I advised that to my knowledge I had never been offered.
Metformin aides the body in regulating the level of Glucose in your blood and makes your body more sensitive to Insulin.
Some studies have shown that women with PCOS who are overweight and take Metformin alongside a healthy lifestyle (diet AND exercise) were able to a significant amount of weight when not able to previously.
Metformin is know to stimulate fertility & encourage regular monthly periods as well as lowering the risk of miscarriage.
Some people who are take Metformin have reported side effects of nausea, diarrhoea, gas, and loss of appetite.
Metformin can lower your body’s natural ability to absorb B12. Most things I have read on line is that women who take Metformin will also take a B Vitamin to reduce this happening.
Metformin isn’t a licensed drug in the UK to treat PCOS, however it is used “off label” to control the symptoms of PCOS.
When following a GI diet you are selecting foods with a low Glycaemic Index as opposed to a high Glycaemic Index meaning you are left fuller for longer.
What is the Glycaemic Index??
The Glycaemic Index is a way to measure foods that contain carbohydrates and what impact they have on your blood sugar. Most GI diets will show foods in the below groups:
Medium/Low – foods within this group have a GI value of 55 or less, this is because the body slowly digests & absorbs these. Due to slowness that they are metabolised they cause a slower rise in blood sugar levels which then has a reduced impact on insulin levels.
High foods in this group are a struggle for the body to digest and absorb, which then causes our blood sugar levels to rise rapidly having a negative impact on our insulin levels.
Why should you use the GI method with PCOS??
One of the contributing factors of PCOS is insulin resistance, so by following a low GI diet you are not only eating foods that not on fill you up for longer periods, your insulin levels are rising slowly meaning they wont spike and wont have an impact on the testosterone levels in your body. The only negative about us following a GI diet is that it doesn’t take into account how much you are eating, so if you eat a low GI food but a lot of it, it will still cause a peak in your sugar levels.
If you are anything like me you will be a bit bamboozled by all this GI information and how to work it into your diet. For me I am going to need more time researching into this and get some buy in from Matt to it as I will need his full support, but I am sure once I understand it I will be able to follow it!
So that is it from me, I am signing off for today, I have a GP appointment in approx. 3 weeks time, so I will keep you updated once I come back from there. However, please if you are reading this and have experience of Metformin or are doing a GI diet please comment below and give me and advice you have!