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Amenorrhea/high cholesterol

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Created March 16, 2013 at 2:19 PM

I'm a 26 year old female, 5'6 113 pounds. I switched from ULC GAPs to PHD with starches in September 2012. Current symptoms include: -Ammenorrhea (1 year of no period) -food sensitivities (FODMAPs, histamines) symptoms of leaky gut, fatigue and bloating after eating -breakouts on my face, particularly after consuming too much fructose -dry cracking skin on hands and feet, yet face is oily

Lab testing: -H pylori stool test came back negative - TSH is 1.2, prolactin 2.8, FSH 10.4

-Total cholesterol 297 Triglyceride 49 HDL cholesterol 117 LDL Calculated 170 Cholesterol to HDL Ratio 2.5

I notice that my period stopped right around when I eliminated soy from my diet. Is there any merit at all to consuming organic soy products for hormone regulation? Thanks for any input!

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on March 18, 2013
at 01:47 AM

Yeaaaa you might be right...I've been trying to put on weight, but in a slow controlled way. =] I just wish I had an answer for the digestive issues, too, but I've only been "paleo" for 2 years now and I have made progress, so maybe I'm just impatient and taking awhile to heal. Thanks again for responding!

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on March 17, 2013
at 09:32 PM

It could be something as simple as body weight that is too low. Are you brave enough to try putting on 10 lbs or so?

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on March 17, 2013
at 07:43 PM

Veggies of course but I avoid FODMAPs, almost no fruit-very occasional blueberries or bananas, squash, japanese sweet potato, yams, potato, taro, and white rice. All starches are with dinner only (I carb back-load) and are usually around 100-170 grams depending on physical activity.

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on March 17, 2013
at 03:25 AM

Where are your carbs coming from? Big difference between spinach and sweet potatoes.

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on March 17, 2013
at 02:22 AM

Thank you for the input-I was very low carb/high fat for 6 months and that's about when my period disappeared, plus I felt like crap so I do not want to return to that. Right now I only eat around 100g starchy carbs, 170 on training days, so still fairly low carb. I was previously eating about 110g fat a day and started lowering that as I increased carbs, still get 80g-100g a day and about 150g protein. My fasting glucose levels were normal, Ill ask the doctor about LH and C-peptide.

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on March 16, 2013
at 07:40 PM

There may be variants of PCOS, but the most common factor is insulin resistance. Thats why measuring C-Peptide is useful, and LH/FSH ratio is diagnostic for PCOS. Try reducing starches and see if it makes a difference. Keep calories and protein level by upping good fats. I started ovulating and menstruating regularly within a month of trying that.

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on March 16, 2013
at 07:02 PM

They did not test LH or testosterone. Is there a holistic remedy for PCOS, would something such as Vitex be recommended? I started having irregular periods before I lost weight and went on GAPs, when I was about 125 pounds. I was on BC pills from the age of 14-24. I lift fairly heavy weight 2-3 times a week, about 40 minute sessions and work part time at a fairly physical job with some standing/bending/lifting etc...I don't think it's too much and I eat around 2000 calories a day, increasing the amount slowly. Thanks!

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on March 16, 2013
at 05:46 PM

Has your LH been measured? I'm wondering about PCOS (no, you don't have to be obese to have PCOS--I was just as amenorrheic at 113 lbs.), and if that's the case the volumes of so-called "safe starches" on PHD may be part of the problem. It would be helpful to have your INSULIN levels measured, particularly a C-Peptide. Also testosterone.

The other question is what is your exercise intensity? Too much can be a cause of amenorrhea. Your body weight is a little low for your height. Fertility is the first thing to be compromised when there is insufficient body fat. It's natural and normal for women to have a certain amount to support pregnancy, when there's not enough your body will shut down menstrual cycles.

Soy is NEVER good for you, IMHO.

Fa4597a6ede2335de905507e6950130a

(25)

on March 18, 2013
at 01:47 AM

Yeaaaa you might be right...I've been trying to put on weight, but in a slow controlled way. =] I just wish I had an answer for the digestive issues, too, but I've only been "paleo" for 2 years now and I have made progress, so maybe I'm just impatient and taking awhile to heal. Thanks again for responding!

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on March 17, 2013
at 03:25 AM

Where are your carbs coming from? Big difference between spinach and sweet potatoes.

Fa4597a6ede2335de905507e6950130a

(25)

on March 17, 2013
at 02:22 AM

Thank you for the input-I was very low carb/high fat for 6 months and that's about when my period disappeared, plus I felt like crap so I do not want to return to that. Right now I only eat around 100g starchy carbs, 170 on training days, so still fairly low carb. I was previously eating about 110g fat a day and started lowering that as I increased carbs, still get 80g-100g a day and about 150g protein. My fasting glucose levels were normal, Ill ask the doctor about LH and C-peptide.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on March 16, 2013
at 07:40 PM

There may be variants of PCOS, but the most common factor is insulin resistance. Thats why measuring C-Peptide is useful, and LH/FSH ratio is diagnostic for PCOS. Try reducing starches and see if it makes a difference. Keep calories and protein level by upping good fats. I started ovulating and menstruating regularly within a month of trying that.

Fa4597a6ede2335de905507e6950130a

(25)

on March 16, 2013
at 07:02 PM

They did not test LH or testosterone. Is there a holistic remedy for PCOS, would something such as Vitex be recommended? I started having irregular periods before I lost weight and went on GAPs, when I was about 125 pounds. I was on BC pills from the age of 14-24. I lift fairly heavy weight 2-3 times a week, about 40 minute sessions and work part time at a fairly physical job with some standing/bending/lifting etc...I don't think it's too much and I eat around 2000 calories a day, increasing the amount slowly. Thanks!

Fa4597a6ede2335de905507e6950130a

(25)

on March 17, 2013
at 07:43 PM

Veggies of course but I avoid FODMAPs, almost no fruit-very occasional blueberries or bananas, squash, japanese sweet potato, yams, potato, taro, and white rice. All starches are with dinner only (I carb back-load) and are usually around 100-170 grams depending on physical activity.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on March 17, 2013
at 09:32 PM

It could be something as simple as body weight that is too low. Are you brave enough to try putting on 10 lbs or so?

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on September 22, 2015
at 10:11 PM

Have you been able to regulate your periods? Have you retested your cholesterol? My stats are almost identical to yours (height, weight, cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL, and symptoms!). I, too, have FODMAP sensitivities, bloating, breakouts, etc...

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on September 23, 2015
at 02:22 PM

Thanks for responding, Tailypoe. I eat a lot of veggies, nuts, and fish, so that is definitely something I will need to take a look at. And I've thought about increasing carbs to gain the period back, but the idea just doesn't sound that exciting. Worth a shot, thought. Did your cholesterol levels change at all? What are your primary sources of carbs?

Fa4597a6ede2335de905507e6950130a

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on September 23, 2015
at 02:01 AM

Hi, yes I am cured haha. For my skin I find that vegetables and PUFA make me break out...at the time I was still eating a lot of oily fish and vegetables and I don't anymore. To regain my period I temporarily ate more carbohydrates, including sugar, and took some T3. I gained some weight. Now my periods are regular, I am not STRICT low carb but I tend to eat probably less than 100g on most days with some refeeds now and then if I feel like it...there are no schedules or rules and I don't track, it's just based on how I feel. If I eat a little now and then I just tend not to crave it too much. I even eat gluten now with no problems...but again if I eat too many vegetables, espeially if not well cooked, or anything with PUFA, I will get breakouts. Starch tends to make me break out too, except for bread for whatever reason.

If you have other symptoms of hypothyroidism that you did not have in the past and you are at a lower weight than previous, I would consider trying to gain some weight. The high cholesterol is most likely a sign of inflammation. I know it sounds scary and is not what you want to hear, but I am much healthier after doing so. I still lift heavy weights, too, its not like I am a tub of lard I'm just healthy. =) Good luck!

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