Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is the most common endocrine cause of infertility and serious abdominal weight gain in young women. It affects millions-about 6 to 10 percent of reproductive age women. The impact of this devastating metabolic imbalance is overwhelming-from obesity to increased risk of teenaged diabetes to young mothers with heart attacks or strokes, and early onset of breast and uterine cancers. Early treatment is key to preventing serious health risks, unfortunately most sufferers don't even know they have PCOS unless they are trying to get pregnant. Doctors don't take it seriously, often minimizing symptoms like excess body hair, weight gain, acne or thinning scalp hair, thinking they are just cosmetic "problems of overanxious young women. It's not enough for doctors to tell women with PCOS to just "eat less and exercise more." This book delivers a user-friendly practical guide to understand this disorder, know what tests to ask for, what the tests mean, what treatments are available, and how to achieve a healthy hormone balance through a comprehensive action plan.
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Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D., is a practicing physician and author of six acclaimed women's health books. Widely recognized for her pioneering work in addressing hormone connections in women's health, she has taught several hundred medical education seminars around the country for physicians and consumers, and was a featured speaker at the May 2004 Congressional Briefing on women's healthcare.
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