The PCOS Protection Plan: How to Cut Your Increased Risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and High Blood Pressure

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        Do you struggle with your weight? Have irregular periods (or none at all)? Get acne? Notice thinning hair? Or do you have to deal with unwanted facial and body hair? If you have any of these problems, the chances are fairly good that you have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), along with one in ten women.

        We now know that women with PCOS are more likely to get diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity and its related health problems; and

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Overview

        Do you struggle with your weight? Have irregular periods (or none at all)? Get acne? Notice thinning hair? Or do you have to deal with unwanted facial and body hair? If you have any of these problems, the chances are fairly good that you have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), along with one in ten women.

        We now know that women with PCOS are more likely to get diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity and its related health problems; and research is currently linking PCOS to a host of other health complications as well. And while you might see this as a frightening glimpse into the future, at least women with PCOS can look future health risks in the eye and then do something right now to reduce them instead of never knowing what could be around the corner.

        That something is the PCOS Protection Plan, an action plan written by women with PCOS for women with PCOS—to help you take control of your health so that you can significantly reduce the risk of serious health conditions.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of infertility, affects eight million American women. Yet few people are familiar with the hormonal condition. Two new books have the potential to change that. In A Patient's Guide, Futterweit (endocrinology, Mount Sinai Sch. of Medicine; Obesity and Medical Student Education) draws on 25 years of PCOS treatment and research to explain clearly the condition and its effects on the body. He stresses working with a physician who has experience treating PCOS, covers the most current treatment options, and explains the importance of emotional support for patients. He claims that exercise and diet alone often restore fertility and offers simple regimens (with recipes) for both. His encouragement and reassurance, coupled with an extensive bibliography, a resource list, and a glossary, give women the tools they need to cope with PCOS. As two British women living with PCOS, Harris and Cheung are more than qualified to provide basic information about the condition, but their emphasis is on preventing associated complications. They take a holistic approach, discussing diet, exercise, stress reduction, and lifestyle changes and offer information about alternative therapies, too. Included are recipes, extensive references, a glossary, and a referral list. Protection Plan and A Patient's Guide complement each other well. Futterweit provides more detailed medical information, while Harris and Cheung offer more lifestyle-oriented advice. Both books would make excellent additions to public and consumer health collections.-Barbara Bibel, Oakland P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401905385
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/5/2006
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Colette Harris is a leading health journalist and magazine editor who was diagnosed with PCOS in 1996. She has a degree from Oxford University and has been writing pioneering articles on PCOS in international newspapers and magazines since 1997. Colette is a frequent speaker at international conferences and women’s groups exploring PCOS.


Theresa Cheung
is a freelance writer, teacher, health consultant and mom who was diagnosed with PCOS in 1997. Theresa holds a master’s degree from Cambridge University and now divides her time between the U.S. and UK.

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