Just Dealt a 1-2 Punch! *Update Page 3*

I feel like I’m falling apart here lately. Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with PCOS and then today when my blood work came in I was told my LDL was 166!!! That scares me half to death!!! That is in the high risk for heart disease range. I’m only 34!! I’m not supposed to have these problems! I just want to break down and cry, but I’m at work so I can’t. I don’t even really have anyone to talk to about it because my so-called best friend and only friend is no longer my friend as of last week and poor DH is trying so hard to help me through this, but I don’t want to burden him all the time. I called him as soon as I got the results and he said whatever the cost and time, we would hire a dietician and personal trainer to at least get me started. He is such a sweetheart!!!:heart: I guess more than anything I’m just scared. I know I’m not the only one dealing with such health issues and there are certainly people who are dealing with much more than I am, but it was just such a blow to my self esteem and with no one to confide in, I just feel like it’s all building up inside of me and it’s going to explode in a mirade of emotions!!

Ugh!! I guess I just needed to vent a little. Thanks for letting me get this off my chest. I wish I could just leave the office for a little bit and just take a walk, but the other secretary only works on Monday, Wednesday and half day Fridays. That issue is a whole other post!!!

Stacy

I have PCOS too. It’s totally manageable and can even end up going away over time. I haven’t been tested recently, but I have been off my meds for about 2 years. Plus I got pregnant with no problems…and I know PCOS can cause fertility issues.

The cholesterol is a little more upsetting. But, I’ll bet you can get it down.

:hug: Hang in there! The good thing is that you are aware of your LDL level now, and you can do something about it. It will require some changes in your life, but your DH seems very supportive so that will help you a lot. There are tons of people with the same problem, and it is fairly well understood. If you get all the professional help you need, it is possible to overcome it. :hug:

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A wonderful book to help you…“The Maker’s Diet,” by Jordan Rubin.

Hang in there.

Oh I am so sorry you had such a horrible morning!!

Just know you can come here anytime you need to vent and we will be here for you anytime!!:muah: :muah: :hug: :hug: :hug:

eating oatmeal every morning helped me lower my cholesterol by 30 pts!! and it was already at a healthy level. (my bf is a good influence on me!)

your husband sounds like a WONDERFUL man!! with his support, the personal trainer and us here at KH , you will meet your goals!!

Yes, the LDL is scary but you can control it with diet, excercise and medication. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and high choloesterol just before I turned 43. I have been able to control both with low dose medication and diet changes and excercise. My goal is to lose some more weight and get off the meds totally. So I know it’s scary but there are treatments. And be glad they caught it now so you can be proactive in getting and keeping it under control. Hang in there…:muah:

My father and my doctor told me to add Cinnamon of all things to my diet. I have and it seems to be working.

I’m sorry you’re having such a rough day!

I was diagnosed young with hypertension and high cholesterol, too. I am on medication for the blood pressure and was able to lower my cholesterol. For me losing weight and diet control alone didn’t do it, but when I added plant sterols it actually worked. They are in fruits and vegetables and now have been added to other foods. It can’t hurt to add them to your diet along with exercise.

Benecol and Take Control Margarines
Healthy Heart Granola Bars

Here’s a link to more and more info.
http://www.corowise.com/products.html

Hey Stacy! We all believe you can get this under control! I’m so glad you found out about it before it led to other issues!!

Your hubby sounds like a dear!!

Take care!

Thank you all for the support. I always know I can turn to my fellow KHers for great information!

Stacy

Good luck, I hope you will be feeling better and healthier soon

add all of the other symptoms that I have, it’s obvious that I have PCOS. I find this out, even though I requested the test last year, after two miscarriages.

I’m on metformin (glucophage) to control the IR. I hope it helps me with the fertility issue as well.

Please take care of yourself.

Hugs,
Laura

We more often than not have no control over the things that happen to us or around us.

We do have control over how we choose to react to them.

We more often than not have no control over the things that happen to us or around us.

We do have control over how we choose to react to them. [COLOR=royalblue]Very good advice Mason. [/COLOR]

:hug: I’m sorry to hear you had such a rough morning. We’re here anytime if you need to vent.

Good point, Mason. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

It is a difficult call to get, I know. Especially when you’re stuck at the office. :hug:

But, PCOS is not the end of the world. Do what you need to to control it though. The high cholesterol is to be expected, it is a common problem that goes hand-in-hand with PCOS. I would question what your ratio was, since the one number by itself doesn’t mean that much. Both PCOS and high cholesterol are highly impacted by diet. Sugar and refined grains are your biggest culprits with both issues.

You can find several wonderful communities of PCOSers, knowledgable about dealing with the dietary considerations. One of them can be found at MDC in the Finding Your Tribe section.

If you’re planning on working with a dietitian, I would highly recommend asking them before hiring them if they have experience dealing with PCOS. Many don’t, and the dietary concerns with PCOS are different than for non-PCOSers. You could also ask if they work with the South Beach or Atkins diet, and if they react negatively to that question, I wouldn’t hire them. Low carb diets are generally the most effective treatment of PCOS. Some doctors will recommend going on birth control pills, but that’s just a band-aid. They may offer you Metformin as well, but I would recommend trying to control it with diet first, as Metformin can have some nasty side effects.

HTH

Aye to Mason.

And I hear you on many things, here. I’m 28 and they can’t figure out what’s wrong with me. Plus, aside from those things, I’ve found before that I have endometriosis and my hormones don’t… work right. I don’t ovulate correctly so if I ever choose to have a child it will be extremely difficult.

I often think about my age, and my problems. Though, I did start reading a book that has begun to help me, at least mentally and emotionally.

You’ve got a lot of good advice here, I don’t think anyone has mentioned this site yet: http://www.soulcysters.net/index.php it’s one that I have found useful. There are several sections about dealing with PCOS and other health problems, you might find something that helps you there.

Finding a knowledgeable dietitian will Help you balance a low carb diet, this can help big time with both issues. Please do not fall into the mindset that low carb is only eating meat, you have to eat a TON of green leafy veggies, and they do have very good low carb oatmeal, and you can add Flaxmeal to it to give your body BACK a 1 - 2 Punch (that can feel really good)