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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that affects approximately 1 in 5 women, of reproductive age, worldwide.  Up to 70% of women with PCOS are undiagnosed.  Individuals living with PCOS have higher levels of androgens and often experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Intense “Cravings” for Carbohydrates or Sweet Foods

  • Weight Gain

  • Insulin Resistance

  • Irregular, Heavy, or Absent Periods

  • Excessive Hair Growth on the Face and/or Body (Hirsutism)

  • Hair Loss on Head (Alopecia)

  • Acne and Other Skin Conditions


Have you been diagnosed with PCOS and told to change your diet or lifestyle?

Many individuals diagnosed with PCOS are told that nutrition and lifestyle play a large role in managing the symptoms. Often weight loss, restriction, and exercise are recommended to clients leading to frustration and feelings of failure when diets do not work. Sound familiar?  

Mary-Lauren Shelton, RDN, LD works with each client to create individualized treatment plans that are manageable and foster healthy relationships between food and body. Nutrition counseling helps to facilitate behavioral and lifestyle changes. This is accomplished by incorporating mindful and intuitive eating practices without dieting or using the number on a scale to determine success. This can help to reduce and manage symptoms related to PCOS as well as help you become more comfortable and confident in your daily life.

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