In this episode, Dr. Lorne Brown welcomes Sandro Graca, a lecturer and researcher in reproductive health. They discuss polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which is a common condition affecting women's reproductive health. Sandro explains that PCOS is a metabolic disorder, which can cause long or absent menstrual cycles and the presence of multifollicular or cysts in one or multiple ovaries. It is characterized by hyperandrogenism or excess androgens in the body.
One of the main misconceptions about PCOS is the presence of cysts on the ovaries. Sandro clarifies that although cysts can be present, the diagnosis of PCOS is made based on other criteria such as hormonal imbalance and clinical symptoms. The diagnosis of PCOS usually requires a physical exam and blood tests that can help provide a better understanding of the condition.
The conversation also touches on the emotional and psychological aspects of PCOS. Treatment for this disease usually involves lifestyle changes such as exercise, diet, and stress management. Medications, supplements and acupuncture are sometimes used to manage symptoms and reduce the risk of developing other health conditions. Sandro emphasizes that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for PCOS, and it is essential to work with a healthcare provider who can customize a treatment plan based on individual needs.
This episode provides a comprehensive overview of PCOS, including its causes, symptoms, and treatment options. Dr. Brown and Sandro Graca offer valuable insights into this common condition, which affects millions of women worldwide. Their conversation is informative and accessible, making it a valuable resource for anyone seeking to learn more about PCOS.
● What is PCOS and how is it diagnosed?
● Symptoms of PCOS and their impact on emotional and mental health.
● Health risks associated with PCOS and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.
● Lifestyle changes that can help manage PCOS, including diet, exercise, and stress management.
● Medical treatments for PCOS, including medications and supplements to manage symptoms and reduce risk of developing other health conditions.
● The controversy around insulin resistance and its contribution to the metabolic aspect of PCOS.
● The role of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture in managing PCOS symptoms.
Bio: Sandro Graca MSc, Lic. TCM, FABORM
Sandro is a lecturer and a published researcher in the field of menstrual and reproductive health, Fellow of the ABORM (Acupuncture & TCM Board of Reproductive Medicine), and one of the Directors at Evidence Based Acupuncture.
He completed his MSc in Advanced Oriental Medicine (Research and Practice) at the Northern College of Acupuncture(NCA) – in conjunction with Middlesex University – focusing on acupuncture for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
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