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Paleo, Insulin Resistance and Hair loss...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 29, 2012 at 4:28 AM

Hi, I'm new. I'm a 23 year old female. I was diagnosed with insulin resistance about 4 years ago, but I suspect I had it from much earliear (I was an overweight teen). Both my sister and mom have it, my sister has PCOS (I don't). I was put on metformin and that helped me achieved a normal, yet not optimal, weight. I also seem to have hair loss, which I guess is related to IR. My sister has hair loss too (more aggressive than mine, I guess due to PCOS). I also have really persistent dandruff that not even Nizoral nor T-Gel have cleared. I want to lose more pounds and find it difficult, etc. No acne or other nasty symptoms though... oh, wait, I have some sort of mild depression and low libido, too, which I also recently learned could be related to IR.

I have recently been reading about paleo/primal and how it effectively reverts insulin resistance. This in itself is awesome, because I could eventually stop the nasty metformin... and regain happiness, energy, motivation, and look great in a bikini, among even more benefits... and I was wonndering if any of you ladies out there with IR or PCOS (or both) who have also had hair loss have seen some regrowth after your hormones stabilized? I mean, I will try Paleo by all means since it's a cure for IR and all the related problems, I just don't wanna get my hopes up about my hair since maybe Paleo won't help with that.

Thanks!

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on May 29, 2012
at 01:06 PM

I was diagnosed with PCOS, and they didn't check me for cystic ovaries at all. Pretty sure you don't have to have cystic ovaries for a PCOS diagnosis.

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PCOS stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome. You can have metabolic syndrome and hormonal disregulation, but not actually have cystic ovaries. Then it's not technically PCOS.

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on May 29, 2012
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You may want to ignore my advice though.

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at 04:57 AM

I diagnose you with a sugar deficiency.

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on May 29, 2012
at 08:12 AM

I think it is pretty complicated, but paleo in all of its forms has a good track record for helping with metabolic syndrome.

Though I have had many, many improvements, and my most recent ultrasound showed that my ovaries no longer contain cysts (after more than 7 years of confirmed PCOS), after almost a year of paleo (this stint) bikini body is still elusive, and some of my other symptoms persist.

I think I got pretty lucky though because only 4 out of 10 people respond significantly to dietary changes for PCOS (although I suspect a large part of that statistic is related to the legume and veggie oil heavy diets often recommended for PCOS). I think with serious hormone disregulation, you have to think in terms of years rather than months for progress, and finding the most skilled healthcare provider you can to oversee hormone panels along the way.

Exercise, getting enough sunlight, and taking care of the health of your liver are at least as important as diet with metabolic syndrome, so I think it is important not to overfocus on any one part of lifestyle improvement.

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on May 29, 2012
at 05:07 AM

You say you don't have PCOS but it definitely sounds like you do. I have it along with very low estrogen. My situation is a little different because the low estrogen is causing my PCOS & not the insulin resistance in typical cases. So I'm doomed to a life on birth control. But I had very drastic hair loss very fast & it grew back. Our bodies are very adaptable machines. Go paleo & take your health into your own hands.

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on May 29, 2012
at 06:06 AM

PCOS stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome. You can have metabolic syndrome and hormonal disregulation, but not actually have cystic ovaries. Then it's not technically PCOS.

A5a835105e726e61d61077e84522a045

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on May 29, 2012
at 01:06 PM

I was diagnosed with PCOS, and they didn't check me for cystic ovaries at all. Pretty sure you don't have to have cystic ovaries for a PCOS diagnosis.

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on May 29, 2012
at 05:05 AM

I have pcos and I feel so much better eating paleo. as for regaining you hair, I'm not sure. the best thing to do is start paleo and see what happens. it can only help. good luck.

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