Got the Blood Test Results
Time for some changes in the Raw Odyssey!I saw the doctor today for the results of the blood tests for PCOS and hypothyroidism. The PCOS tests came back in the normal range, but the thyroid test wasn't so great. He prescribed Armour thyroid medication
for me - 30 mg daily. I got the prescription filled this morning and
have taken my first teeny tiny pill (so tiny I can't be sure it isn't
stuck in a tooth somewhere). I'm not sure how I feel about the
diagnosis. I'm thrilled that my thyroid might be responsible for the
hair loss rather than my raw diet being responsible for it, but I'm not
thrilled to have a "condition."
Date: 11/3/2007 12:09:20 AM ( 14 y ) ... viewed 2582 times
From what I've been learning, there is some connection between the
symptoms of PCOS and the symptoms of hypothyroidism. I'm seeing that
many women (not all!) are diagnosed with both. If you do a search on
"hypothyroidism PCOS" you'll see websites that proclaim the two to be
related. PCOS is polycystic ovary syndrome, and is associated with the
growth of ovarian cysts (which I've had for over 10 years now), and
can lead to insulin resistance,
acne, hair loss and other unpleasant things. Hypothyroidism causes some of the same symptoms as PCOS,
plus a slew of its own problems. I have symptoms associated with both
of these conditions. It is like a giant
maze trying to figure out what condition might be the cause of what
symptom. My doctor believes that some of my symptoms point to PCOS,
but he cannot diagnose that based on the test results. My dad was just
diagnosed with diabetes this year, so my chances of having insulin
resistance (or developing diabetes) is higher than I thought it was.
So, I'm thinking there is an indirect
connection between MY eating raw and MY hair loss (this is a personal
experience; I cannot speak for others.) Considering how ridiculously
easy it is for me to gain weight, the family connection to diabetes,
the dark patches of skin on my cheeks, my years of ovarian cysts, my
doctor's beliefs, and other symptoms, I have reason to believe I have
insulin resistance (IR) even if I don't have PCOS. A diet high in carbs is a problem for people with IR, and my raw diet is high in carbs. (What is considered "high carb?"
I don't really know, but when I look at low-carb diets, most -if not
all- are under 100 gms a day). Looking back over my 2006 diet, my carb intake was often between 125 and 200, and quite often over 200 gms
per day. They were that high again this year, especially when I
decided to add grains for protein after removing animal-based dairy
from my diet. I've read from more than one source that grains are a
relatively recent part of the human diet. They are associated with
blood glucose problems, among other health issues. Yikes! So if I have
insulin resistance and I'm eating a diet high in carbs
-raw or not - I could be triggering the symptoms of insulin resistance
that I've been seeing, such as the hair loss. Again, I'm not certain
that this is my problem, but I may as well "act as if" by changing my
diet to one that won't lead to the development of diabetes or any of
My doctor told me that although he hates
recommending Atkins to his patients, he has seen people with insulin
resistance benefit from the low-carb/high
protein diet by losing weight and lowering their cholesterol. The
problem with Atkins is I have too much weight to lose. I'd be on the
plan for too long, causing the high amounts of fat to do more harm than
good. And I really don't want to eat all that meat and saturated fat
anyway. So I'm putting together my own high-raw, low-carb/low-saturated-fat plan, which I will adjust as I learn more. Maybe I can get back to all-raw some day.
my next blog post I will list the foods I plan to eat, and I'll track
how the medicine and dietary changes affect my health and weight loss.
The major improvements I'm hoping for include:
I've gotten some very helpful information from people trying to do raw while dealing with PCOS
or hypothyroidism, and I'd love to know more about what you are doing.
Also, if any of you out there take Armour, I'd appreciate knowing what
I might expect over the next month or so.
- A return to my previous level of energy and ability to focus
- Relief from dry skin
- Improved ability to lose weight
- Hair regrowth/cessation of hair loss
- No more hair dryness or brittleness
- Lifting of mild depression
- Cessation of acne (I never had it when I was a kid!!)
- Disappearance of dark patches on my face (cheeks)
- Stronger fingernails
So, this is yet
another bend in the road of this Raw Odyssey. I never would have
guessed a year ago that I'd be pursuing "low-carb raw," but I maintain
that a raw diet must fit the needs of the individual. What works for
one person can wreak havoc with someone else's body. We have to be
open minded and willing to adjust our diet- and not feel like a failure
if we have problems eating the way some "raw expert" tells us to eat.
We have to educate ourselves and pay attention to our bodies.
By the way, if you have not come across the website "We Like It Raw"
I highly recommend you check it out- no guru-speaking there! They
support the individualized approach to constructing a healthy diet,
provide lots of practical, helpful information, and introduce readers
to others who follow a raw diet.
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