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Managing PCOS For Dummies
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2007
I tend to buy a lot of books that become available on the subject of PCOS, and I found this one really good. I like the format of the dummy books, it is easy to read, very easy to find the type of information you are looking for, and unlike most books has a certain amount of humour. A good and refreshing reference book, with lots of practical information.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2008
I was diagnosed with PCOS just a couple of months ago and didn't know much about it. My Doctor gave me a leaflet but there wasn't a lot to go on. I did some research on the internet and found out about insulin resistance amongst other things all related to PCOS. It has explained a lot. Once finally deciding to find out more and do something about PCOS I checked through other Amazon reader reviews and opted for this book. I have really enjoyed reading it. It is broken down into contained chapters that you can just dip in and out of - depending on what you want to read about first. As i know so little about the subject I was very conventional and started at the front and am working my way through the entire book. I would say it is a great all rounder - with great advice and also explanation on diet, symptoms etc. Overall I found it extremely positive and reinforces that anyone suffering from PCOS can take control and help themselves. If my friend was diagnosed with PCOS I would definitely buy her this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is the Polycycystic Ovary Syndrome bible.
It contains everything you need to know and more. It helps you choose a healthy diet with low GI products.
Explains how and what symptoms you are going through, also what prescription drugs a doctor would recommend and if you are taking them the affect they actually have on the body.
Out of all the books i have purchased this is the most helpful and the easiest to read with helpful hints and tips.
I would advise anybody with PCOS to stop wasting money on books, herbal remedies and vitamins and please purchase this book first. It will save you endless amounts of money. Only wish someone had told me this months ago.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2009
If you decide to buy this book you won`t be disappointed.I have read several books in the past about pcos.This book is easy to understand very informative tells you about all the symptons and what you can do to help them. The diet that they suggest actually works I have lost nearly 2 stone and believe me when I say I have tried many.They give you the reasons why things work rather than just telling you to have it.A definite must if you have pcos and well worth the money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2009
This book has really helped me understand my condition. I really like the way it gives you the information in a fun unformal way. If you have recently been diagnosed this book will help you understand your illness and how you can ease you're symptoms.

This book has acctually been more help than my DR!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2010
Like some of the other reviewers I too have bought and read a range of books on PCOS. This book is one of the best I have come across, it provides a clear discription of the condition and the symptoms (some I didn't even know were part of my condition). I like the clear no nonsence approach this book offers, and the strategies that it encourages you to employ to gain control over the condition. A definite must read for all those diagnosed, and those that have family members with the condition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2012
This book is great for explaining what PCOS is, what symptoms you may experience and the best way to deal with those symptoms.
It was great to understand how the condition makes you prone to mood swings and PMS type symptoms occurring at any given time of the month - made me feel less of a head case!
I am hopeful that by following the advice I can lose weight and manage my symptoms long term.
It strongly advises following a Low GI diet and gives some examples of low GI foods, but not enough in my opinion - one of the main reasons for purchasing the book was so that I could get started on a low GI diet. It does give references to websites which contain lists of Low GI foods, but I have ended up purchasing a second book - the Collins Low GI pocket book and will work from this instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2011
If what you're after is a book detailing the illness and symptoms, then this really isn't right for you. There was very little information on the actual illness in this book, it is basically a diet and nutrition plan. Which is very good, but truthfully you could buy a GI diet book for less. After being diagnosed with PCOS I really wanted to learn more about it, and I don't feel that this book has shed any light on the matter for me. It would have been five stars had there been more information and real life guidance inside. Disappointing
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on 22 January 2011
This book is excellent. Having recently been diagnosed with PCOS, I was not only distressed but also confused. What is it, what causes it, could I have done anything to prevent it? This book answers all of those questions and a whole lot more.

My favourite part is the diet and exercise bit. My PCOS diagnosis came after my blood sugar results were abnormally high (one of the main symptoms) and this book tells you all about how to regulate your diet without letting it affect your life too drastically. The recipes are simple and easy (I recommend the smoothies!) and there is a large section which tells you exactly which foods to avoid.

The book also explains how to manage the other symptoms, with tips and advice. The fertility section for example gives details of helpful organisations, treatments, pros and cons and natural ways to boost your fertility. I read this book again and again, it has made things much clearer for me and easier for me to accept.

I have only had the book for one month and already my emotional and physical health has improved! A MUST- BUY for all PCOS sufferers. Needless to say, it also arrived bang on time, well done again Amazon!
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on 8 January 2010
This book is a great way of starting your research into PCOS. As per usual with the 'Dummies' series, you can dip in and out of the information but still understand all of the facts given. My only gripe so far is that the recipies given for main meals are based heavily on starchy carbohydrates. For many years now I've adopted a minimal starchy carbs approach to my evening meal as I put weight on so easily (one of the main symptoms of PCOS, as I've now found out!). So these recipies are not suitable for my lifestyle.

However, don't let that put you off reading this book. I've gained so much peace of mind from being educated about this condition and I was confident about my facts when when faced with a doctor who was reluctant to diagnose anything. I hope this book helps you to feel empowered about managing your PCOS.
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