Hi Stacy! I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis.
It's very scary to be diagnosed with something that is very serious. I too have PCOS, and cinnamon is said to help with insulin resistance, as is glucophage (insulin resistance can go along with PCOS); glucophage is also prescribed to help with conception. A higher "bad" cholesterol and a lower "good" cholesterol are pretty common with PCOS, and as I mentioned above, insulin resistance can be too; it can lead to something called "Syndrome X". Try replacing your foods with whole grains only--no "white" foods (white potatoes, white flour, white bread, white rice, etc.) as much as you can, plenty of fresh or frozen fruits and veggies, and add "good" fats to your diet--omega 3 primarily (flaxseed oil and fish are two sources); coconut oil is supposed to be a healthy fat source, too--I pop my popcorn in it
. Of course, exercise and plenty of water are good things, but exercise is so hard
when you are wiped out tired all the time.
Here are some PCOS sources of information that I hope can help you:
Natural remedy ideas
(but discuss with your doctor)
Facts about PCOS
Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet's book, "It's My Ovaries, Stupid!
", is a good source of information on female health in general. There is some information in there specifically about PCOS that may be helpful.
Just changing a few things in my diet alone helped my "good" cholesterol to increase, so it doesn't necessarily mean you have to make a lot of huge changes to make a difference. The best thing you can do to be a fighter is to arm yourself with lots of knowledge. You know your own body best, better than any doctor will. After reading from various sources on PCOS and gathering advice, try some things that make sense to you to help your health, starting with the most basic part which is diet and exercise. If something the doctor prescribes or advises doesn't feel right, tell them, and be persistent. It sounds like common sense, but there are some doctors that don't really want to take symptoms seriously and kind of dismiss things. Your health is important, your body is important, and don't let anyone brush you off. We're all here if you need to talk.