Episode #29: Type Two Diabetes and PCOS

Episode #29: Type Two Diabetes and PCOS

Episode #29: Type Two Diabetes and PCOS

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Type Two Diabetes and PCOS

What you’ll learn in this episode

Type two diabetes has become such a common disease. Earlier this year in January 2022 statistics indicated that 37.3 million Americans—about 1 in 10—have diabetes. 

While this disease is common in what often appear to be otherwise healthy individuals I want to take a closer look at what diabetes is in this episode. PCOS puts women at high risk of type two diabetes in fact many women that I meet have already been diagnosed with pre-diabetic or diabetes even in their 20s and 30s.

So what is diabetes and how does it impact the body? Well, my friend that is exactly what this episode is about.

Welcome back to the PCOS repair podcast where today we’re going to dive a little deeper into the insulin effect root cause of PCOS and type two diabetes as well as how you can decrease your risk of developing it.

PCOS, Insulin, and Diabetes

Insulin can be confusing, so let’s start with insulin and the spectrum of healthy to the diseased state of type two diabetes.

The spectrum has four stages:

  1. Healthy insulin receptors that are responsive to insulin and easily allow blood sugar to enter your body’s cells. AND insulin levels are routinely at an appropriately low number.
  2. The body has higher than normal levels of insulin circulating the body on a continual basis due to diet and lifestyle or the beginnings of insulin resistance.
  3. Insulin resistance and Prediabetes: This is the point where your lab values are beginning to be or clearly elevated but haven’t quite reached the diabetic level.
  4. Then comes the official diagnosis of Type Two Diabetes: over time this creates blood vessel complications leading to a risk of heart disease, stroke, heart attack, vision decline, and even blindness, kidney failure or nerve damage, and more.

You can see that though common this disease of type two diabetes isn’t something you want to have.

Reduce The Risk of Type Two Diabetes

While type two diabetes is something that every human is at risk of developing if they don’t follow lifestyle measures to prevent it, women with PCOS are at a higher risk of developing type two diabetes at an earlier age. 

That is why this episode is important to me! I know most of you are already aware of this increased risk of type two diabetes and some of you have already been diagnosed with it. This episode is not about creating fear instead, it’s about bringing something scary into the light and discussing what we can do to improve our health and PCOS symptoms no matter where we are currently on that spectrum of insulin and diabetes. 

So if you are ready to reduce your risk of type two diabetes go ahead and listen to this episode now. 

Results are not guaranteed. Please see Medical Disclaimer for more detail.

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Welcome to The PCOS Repair Podcast!

I’m Ashlene Korcek, and each week I’ll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.

If you’re struggling with PCOS, know that you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that one in ten women have PCOS. But the good news is that there is a lot we can do to manage our symptoms and live healthy, happy lives.

So whether you’re looking for tips on nutrition, exercise, supplements, or mental health, you’ll find it all here on The PCOS Repair Podcast. Ready to get started? Hit subscribe now

Episode #28: Self-Care For PCOS

Episode #28: Self-Care For PCOS

Episode #28: Self-Care For PCOS

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Selfcare For PCOS

What you’ll learn in this episode

I always thought that self-care was a bubble bath, a massage, or a pedicure. You know the things that everyone lists as self-care. But over the last several years of my PCOS healing journey, I have discovered an entirely new meaning and list of self-care and some incredible benefits of it for my PCOS root cause. Listen now so you can start weaving self-care into your day to improve your PCOS hormones too.  

How Self-Care Benefits PCOS Root Cause Healing

It’s easy to neglect taking care of ourselves because we’re busy and overwhelmed by everything we need to get done. Even a small rest feels like a luxury. Taking time to eat lunch, exercise, and hang out with friends just feels like slacking.

This mindset backfires so BIG! Because self-care actually helps you make progress faster for a few reasons:

Self-care prevents “overload burnout”: We’ve all been there: you push yourself to the point that you can’t take anymore so you just give up. Selfcare helps you avoid getting to that point.

Self-care reduces the negative effects of stress: A small amount of stress can serve a purpose, but after a while, it just breaks down your mind and body. Taking care of yourself means keeping your stress from taking over so you can function at full capacity.

Self-care helps us refocus: When I was stuck on a complicated math problem in school, my teacher would suggest walking away and coming back—taking a break, basically. Breaks are the epitome of self-care, and studies show they’re great for helping you perform better.

Sometimes I treat self-care as a reward. I’m so hungry I can barely think, but I’ll force myself to finish a batch of work before I eat lunch. What I’m really doing is making my job more difficult by allowing myself to run on fumes.

In other words, self-care is not a reward. It’s part of the process. Sometimes we get so used to “rewarding ourselves” with lunch or even a trip to the bathroom, that we forget exactly what it means to take care of ourselves.

The Self-Care Frame Of Mind

Also, sometimes eating junk feels like self-care. I often “treat” myself with a handful of Oreos. Nothing wrong with the occasional indulgence, but in contrast, I think of healthy food as the enemy, so I don’t eat as much of it as I “should”. This really involves changing the way you think about eating well entirely, but you can start by experimenting with healthy foods you might actually like, and not trying to force yourself to eat stuff you hate just because it’s healthy.

There are so many ways of practicing self-care and I think that if you listen to this episode you’ll begin to think outside the box of all the ways you can practice self-care even in your current daily schedule.

So if you are ready to incorporate some fun and easy ways to practice self-care go ahead and listen to this episode now.

Resources & References Mentioned in this episode

Take the PCOS Root cause quiz to learn what your body needs to heal

Results are not guaranteed. Please see Medical Disclaimer for more detail.

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Episode #27: PCOS and Laser Hair Removal

Episode #27: PCOS and Laser Hair Removal

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About the Show

Welcome to The PCOS Repair Podcast!

I’m Ashlene Korcek, and each week I’ll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.

If you’re struggling with PCOS, know that you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that one in ten women have PCOS. But the good news is that there is a lot we can do to manage our symptoms and live healthy, happy lives.

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Episode #27: PCOS and Laser Hair Removal

Episode #27: PCOS and Laser Hair Removal

Episode #27: PCOS and Laser Hair Removal

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure and privacy policy.

PCOS and Laser Hair Removal

What you’ll learn in this episode

PCOS is known for causing elevated androgens in particular testosterone. This can frequently lead to something called hirsutism, which is where you have excess hair growth primarily on the face, neck, upper lip, and chin. But it can include the full body. Women with PCOS often find that they have thick long coarse hairs on their chest, tummy, and toes as well as hairier legs and underarms. 

It can be very frustrating to keep these areas trimmed, waxed, shaved, or otherwise manicured. In this episode, we’re gonna talk all about laser hair removal but I will also touch on the other options for removing unwanted hair from the body. So that you can have smooth, stubble-free skin wherever you want it. 

Considering Laser hair removal

There are so many ways to remove hair from the body and we discuss this as well during this episode. Each body area that you want to remove hair from doesn’t necessarily need laser treatment so I outline the options as well as the pros, cons, and myths about various hair removal techniques. 

This episode has you covered as you select the best options for you and the various hair dilemmas you have.

Is Laser Hair Removal Permanent?

For the most part, yes. The FDA has approved certain lasers to render permanent reduction of hair to areas treated.

Laser hair removal uses a laser to deliver treatment to the desired area in almost 1-inch square increments. That can cover over 20 hairs at a time most of those hair follicles will be destroyed permanently.

In contrast electrolysis, It is the only FDA-approved permanent hair removal treatment. Because electrolysis permanently destroys the growth cells in the hair follicles, the hair will not grow back

However, you are a living person and your body can create new hair follicles or current hair follicles can thicken and darken just the way they did before due to unbalanced hormones.

Who is a Good Candidate for Laser Hair Removal?

The more contrast between the hair you want treatment and your skin tone the better your laser hair removal treatment results will be. For example, the best candidate has very fair skin and very dark thick hair. But newer lasers offer great options for even very dark skin tones. 

If you aren’t sure if you have PCOS but think you might due to the excess hair I strongly encourage getting a full workup and addressing your root causes prior to getting laser treatment.  

Hair growth is quite responsive to lifestyle changes as women who followed my recommendations not only had great laser results but more importantly they were longer lasting. 

If you are ready to get rid of unwanted hair go ahead and listen to this episode now. 

Resources & References Mentioned in this episode

Take the PCOS Root cause quiz to learn what your body needs to heal

Results are not guaranteed. Please see Medical Disclaimer for more detail.

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What I changed to finally get pregnant after almost 2 years of trying.

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About the Show

Welcome to The PCOS Repair Podcast!

I’m Ashlene Korcek, and each week I’ll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.

If you’re struggling with PCOS, know that you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that one in ten women have PCOS. But the good news is that there is a lot we can do to manage our symptoms and live healthy, happy lives.

So whether you’re looking for tips on nutrition, exercise, supplements, or mental health, you’ll find it all here on The PCOS Repair Podcast. Ready to get started? Hit subscribe now

Episode #26: PCOS and Period Problems

Episode #26: PCOS and Period Problems

Episode #26: PCOS and Period Problems 

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PCOS and Period Problems

Welcome back to the PCOS Repair Podcast to discuss all things period problems!

Period problems might have been one of the very first things you noticed leading to your diagnosis of PCOS. 

Your period is also an amazing indicator of your PCOS health, which is why in this episode I am discussing all the period problems and how to begin repairing them naturally.

So go ahead and have a listen!

A Normal Cycle

A normal cycle starts with a period. The first day of your period is considered day one of your cycle. Then at approximately the middle of your cycle, halfway before your next period, comes ovulation. This is when you can get pregnant as your body releases an egg. Ovulation Usually occurs around the 14th of your cycle with an average cycle lasting anywhere from 21 to 35 days.

Now let’s look at various period problems, what’s going on and how to fix it.

Just as with any symptom we talk about here on the PCOS Repair Podcast it all starts with your current primary root cause. You can learn more about that by taking the PCOS Root Cause Quiz

No Periods

Going at least 3 months without a period is referred to as amenorrhea.
This is common with PCOS or thyroid problems.
This can be due to hormone imbalance such as too much insulin present on a regular basis, FSH and LH ratio disturbance and testosterone, coming off of birth control, nutritional deficiencies, stress, sleep disturbances, and being overweight.

Very Heavy Periods

What does this even mean …. It turns out I had heavy periods and just thought it was normal…. it’s not like I’ve lived in other bodies to have a reference point.

In this episode, I will give you criteria as well as actionable ways to know if you might be having heavy

Painful Periods
Painful periods are a very common symptom of both PCOS and endometriosis. If you are experiencing pelvic pain during your period or between periods, it’s important to find the root cause.

Listen now to learn the root causes of period pain and the steps to take to address it!

Root cause
Take the PCOS root cause quiz to help get a full picture of how your body is responding to its environment, why, and where it is struggling so that you can address the problem, head on

And listen to this episode to get started repairing your PCOS period problems today!

Results are not guaranteed. Please see Medical Disclaimer for more detail.

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  What the heck to eat to boost PCOS fertility

  It’s not a one size fits all

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About the Show

Welcome to The PCOS Repair Podcast!

I’m Ashlene Korcek, and each week I’ll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.

If you’re struggling with PCOS, know that you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that one in ten women have PCOS. But the good news is that there is a lot we can do to manage our symptoms and live healthy, happy lives.

So whether you’re looking for tips on nutrition, exercise, supplements, or mental health, you’ll find it all here on The PCOS Repair Podcast. Ready to get started? Hit subscribe now

Episode #25: PCOS and Depression

Episode #25: PCOS and Depression

Episode #25: PCOS and Depression 

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PCOS and Depression

What you’ll learn in this episode

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely to experience depression. Studies say that anywhere from 27 percent to around 50 percent of women with PCOS report being depressed, compared to around 19 percent of women without PCOS. That is more than double…. But does depression have to your reality and how can you break past these statistics so that you can live a life that you are excited to engage in? That is what today’s episode is all about. 

Disclaimer 

Before we dive into this topic I want to give a disclaimer! Depression is a serious situation and one that I encourage you to seek help from your medical doctor as well as your therapist. And if you feel like your depression is at all putting you at risk call a crisis line and ask for assistance. I will add some resources in the show notes to offer a starting point for further support. This episode is meant to offer encouragement that it can get better and a holistic approach to health that you can implement alongside the support of your medical team. This episode is not meant to treat depression or to take the place of seeking medical help.

PCOS & Depression: What’s the Connection?

Here is what we do know about why depression and PCOS often occur together.

Our mood and mental outlook are very complicated. They are a combination our what is happening in our lives and our skills at coping with it, Also our mindset and the thoughts that we keep rehearsing in our minds as well as our current chemical or hormonal state.

What is the treatment for depression if you have PCOS?

In addition to working with your medical team, you can take a holistic approach by caring for your PCOS-related hormones and root cause.

If you would like to get started caring for your PCOS root cause the best place to start is to take the PCOS root cause quiz and then go back and listen to episodes 3 & 4 which I will link to in the show notes below.

The PCOS and Depression Cycle

For women with PCOS and depression, there may be a cycle of depression symptoms and PCOS symptoms. For example, depression can cause weight gain, which can make PCOS worse. This, in turn, can worsen depression.

But you can also break this cycle by addressing the root causes of insulin, stress, inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, or hormone disturbances. And that starts by taking the PCOS root cause quiz.

Resources & References Mentioned in this episode

Take the PCOS Root cause quiz to learn what your body needs to heal 

Results are not guaranteed. Please see Medical Disclaimer for more detail.

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Episode #28: Self-Care For PCOS

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Let’s go beyond the traditional self-care of a bubble bath or a massage and talk about how you can create little moments of PCOS self-care to help your body get the nourishment and the emotional care it needs to thrive.

Episode #27: PCOS and Laser Hair Removal

Episode #27: PCOS and Laser Hair Removal

PCOS often comes with the struggle of excess facial and body hair. Learn everything you need to know about laser hair removal, including the pros and cons for PCOS in this episode.

PCOS FERTILITY MEAL GUIDE

What I changed to finally get pregnant after almost 2 years of trying.

  What the heck to eat to boost PCOS fertility

  It’s not a one size fits all

  Sample Meal Plan Included

  Plan and Prep Guide Included

  Go beyond diet & nourish your hormones to boost fertility

I share the steps I followed in this FREE MEAL GUIDE.

About the Show

Welcome to The PCOS Repair Podcast!

I’m Ashlene Korcek, and each week I’ll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.

If you’re struggling with PCOS, know that you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that one in ten women have PCOS. But the good news is that there is a lot we can do to manage our symptoms and live healthy, happy lives.

So whether you’re looking for tips on nutrition, exercise, supplements, or mental health, you’ll find it all here on The PCOS Repair Podcast. Ready to get started? Hit subscribe now

Episode #24: Enjoying Being Active

Episode #24: Enjoying Being Active

Episode #24: Enjoying Being Active

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Enjoying being active

What you’ll learn in this episode

Welcome back to the PCOS Repair Podcast where in this episode I will be covering not only how to get all the benefits of exercise but how to actually enjoy adding exercise to your daily routine. 

There Are So Many Benefits of Exercise For PCOS

Less insulin resistant
Lowers inflammation
Improves mood
Reduces long term risks factors of heart disease and diabetes
Helps manage stress
Stronger
Boosts confidence
More energy
And so much more

we know exercise is something that is good for us and we need to do ….. But all the enjoyment gets sucked out when it becomes a SHOULD

Enjoying Exercise for PCOS Health

During this episode I’ll cover exactly what types of workouts and how to create a good program for yourself. But it all starts by not trying to be where someone else is at and doing the level of workout they are doing. Exercise is such an individual thing, and you will get so much more benefit by progressing at your own pace.

There isn’t one best exercise for PCOS! And remember that anyone who tells you differently is trying to sell you their workout program.

And remember to celebrate the win of showing up, doing your best, and recognizing the progress you are making.

So if you are ready to enjoy PCOS reversing workouts go ahead and listen to this episode now.

Resources & References Mentioned in this episode

Take the PCOS Root cause quiz to learn what your body needs to heal

Results are not guaranteed. Please see Medical Disclaimer for more detail.

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Episode #29: Type Two Diabetes and PCOS

Episode #29: Type Two Diabetes and PCOS

Insulin resistance and diabetes are closely associated with PCOS. In this episode you’ll learn how to reduce your risk and manage these conditions in addition to PCOS natural health

Episode #28: Self-Care For PCOS

Episode #28: Self-Care For PCOS

Let’s go beyond the traditional self-care of a bubble bath or a massage and talk about how you can create little moments of PCOS self-care to help your body get the nourishment and the emotional care it needs to thrive.

Episode #27: PCOS and Laser Hair Removal

Episode #27: PCOS and Laser Hair Removal

PCOS often comes with the struggle of excess facial and body hair. Learn everything you need to know about laser hair removal, including the pros and cons for PCOS in this episode.

PCOS FERTILITY MEAL GUIDE

What I changed to finally get pregnant after almost 2 years of trying.

  What the heck to eat to boost PCOS fertility

  It’s not a one size fits all

  Sample Meal Plan Included

  Plan and Prep Guide Included

  Go beyond diet & nourish your hormones to boost fertility

I share the steps I followed in this FREE MEAL GUIDE.

About the Show

Welcome to The PCOS Repair Podcast!

I’m Ashlene Korcek, and each week I’ll be sharing the latest findings on PCOS and how to make practical health changes to your lifestyle to repair your PCOS at the root cause.

If you’re struggling with PCOS, know that you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that one in ten women have PCOS. But the good news is that there is a lot we can do to manage our symptoms and live healthy, happy lives.

So whether you’re looking for tips on nutrition, exercise, supplements, or mental health, you’ll find it all here on The PCOS Repair Podcast. Ready to get started? Hit subscribe now