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Thyroid Nodules and PCOS

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  • Posted By: AG6408
  • January 14, 2007
  • 03:19 AM

I went to my doctor to discuss my difficulty losing weight. She ordered blood tests and ultrasound of my thyroid. The blood tests were normal but the ultrasound shows multiple nodules...some complex. I'm having a thyroid uptake scan next week to find out more information about the nodules. My doctor is also concerned that my hormones indicate that I may have Polycystic Ovary Syndrom which is causing insulin resistence. Are these common issues to have together? how do I ensure that I get the most accurate diagnosis and in turn the most appropriate treatment?

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  • Actually, I think most researchers have found that insulin resistance CAUSES PCOS, because insulin resistance leads to elevated blood insulin levels, which stimulates production of androgen by the ovaries, which causes cysts to form...Some causes of insulin resistance are high cortisol levels (induced by stress, illness, surgery, etc.), prolonged use of steroid medications (Prednisone), high levels of fatty acids in the blood (especially saturated, trans, or interesterified fat), lack of exercise, overconsumption of carbohydrates (especially high-glycemic-index foods), and being overweight. Also, probably the majority of us are genetically predisposed to insulin resistance because "thrifty genes" (i.e. genes that make it easy to gain weight) would have been advantageous during most of human evolution, when food was not so easy to access. Chromium picolinate, zinc, magnesium, alpha-lipoic acid, and cinnamon extract have been shown to decrease insulin resistance. Also, low glycemic load diets have been shown to decrease insulin levels in people, and this in turn can decrease insulin resistance. Weight loss and exercise both decrease insulin resistance. Also, it is important to normalize eating patterns, because both fasting and overeating can increase insulin resistance. Studies have shown that many women with PCOS, whether thin or overweight, have binge eating disorder. Whether extreme (bulimia) or mild (skipping breakfast and lunch and eating a big dinner), irregular eating patterns cause the body's blood sugar and insulin levels to become unstable, which can lead to a cascade of hormonal problems.In cases where lifestyle changes aren't enough, medications like Glucophage (Metformin HCl) can help. Remember, though, that PCOS is a common hormonal disorder in the U.S., so it's likely that the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.:D) is largely to blame.Some research online discusses the presence of both thyroid nodules and PCOS is women, but it is unclear which is cause and which is effect. In any case, since diet and exercise have been shown time and time again to improve PCOS symptoms, it's worth a shot.
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    • September 1, 2007
    • 08:03 AM
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