|Excessive facial hair can|
be a PCOS symptom.
PCOS also increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease as the women ages.
Dr Fiona McCulloch, author of 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS, has some tips for controlling environmental factors contributing to PCOS:
The key is to control endocrine disruptors--meaning factors that affect female hormones.
--PLASTICS. Avoid using plastics---use steel, glass, or ceramic containers. Never heat plastic containers of food in the microwave. Don't reuse plastic bottles. Get canned foods with BPA-free cans. Never use plastic sippy cups for kids.
--FOOD. Choose organic foods--especially "the dirty dozen"--apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, peaches, nectarines, potatoes, snap peas, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, and kale./collard. Drink reverse osmosis water. Peel all non-organic fruits and veggies. Avoid nonstick pans.
--BEAUTY. Avoid products listing parabens. Avoid BHA, BHT, Use chemical free soaps whenever possible. Avoid nail products with bibutyl phthalate. Check your products on http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Soy can be a problem for women with PCOS--he vast majority of soy is sprayed with glyphosphate--which we know as Roundup.
Women with PCOS have estrogen secretion issues--soy can complicate that. So watch the tofu, soy milk lattes, and edamame.
We reuse plastic bottles...and don't buy organic produce. I wonder if we should be looking at this. We don't have PCOS.