Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Have I mentioned PCOS sucks?

I recently got back from a trip home where I had a decent time with family and friends. I also took the opportunity to visit an old doctor of mine that successfully helped me with my weight and nutrition when I went on BC. I hoped that he would help clarify for me what I should be doing since I felt like I was getting a lot of conflicting information about what to and not to eat. During this appointment he decided to check me out with ultrasound and make sure my organs looked ok. Unfortunately he dectected a fatty layer on my liver and given that I have PCOS (NAFLD and PCOS) it was diagnosed as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). Apparently it is asymptomatic and sometimes doesn't show up in the bloodwork for liver enzymes that I had done recently. NAFLD if left unattended may lead to cirrhosis. So lets do a recap shall we?:

  • PCOS - metabolic disorder that may lead to:
    • Insulin Resistance (check)
      • Diabetes
    • Gallbladder disease (check)
    • Infertility (check)
    • NAFLD (check)
    • Anxiety/Depression (check)
    • Heart disease
Best course of action for most of these? Let's say it together!: Diet & Exercise !!
Sigh... so here I am again, trying, AGAIN, to adjust my lifestyle so that more aweful things like diabetes, cirrhosis and heart disease don't claim my life for good. 
Bright Side: IR and NAFLD are "treatable" and I have to do my very best. Maybe this was the kick in the pants that I needed to get back on track. I am working with a diet plan that my old doc sent me home with and I will give it a shot and see how it works. Its quite lenient if I do say so myself which worries me, but it this works and kick starts my metabolism how its supposed to I will be very pleased! In the meantime I ask for prayers so that I can keep it up and not lose my resolve, my willpower and well, to keep loving myself.

1 comment:

  1. Oraly, I'm praying that the new diet reduces all of the symptoms. You two are such wonderful Youth Leaders, and, if you wish, we would love to welcome a little one of your own into our church family, I pray that those other symptoms do not present themselves--or abade as the case may be.