|Questions About Specific Health Issues|
Type O with Polycystic Ovaries
I have been following your diet for Type O for just about a month and it has improved my acid reflux condition immensely. However I suffer from a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which basically means that my FSH and LH are in incorrect proportion to each other and that eggs get stuck in the walls of my ovaries. I noticed it about a year ago as I had been having extremely irregular and heavy periods. I took a blood test and was diagnosed and put on the pill Dianette. My gynecologist told me that I would probably be better off staying on this for the rest of my life (unless I wanted to get pregnant) as I would reduce the risk of endometrial cancer by over 25%and I am a non-smoker thus there was no other special risk. Having followed the board for 6 weeks or so and now having read a recent question saying that the pill was quite dangerous for Type O. I am scared now that I am putting myself at some kind of greater risk by being on it. Do you think that your diet could regulate my erring hormone levels and so I could come off the pill without risk of cancer?
The basic answer to your question is that if you don't suffer or have a history of blood clotting disorders, birth control pills can be used even by type O women, especially the new, low estrogen types.
Having answered that, what else can we add to the mix which might be of value?
Follow the O diet, especially the lectin avoidance foods, such as wheat and corn. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is characterized by insulin resistance, and insulin resistance is largely the effect of consuming large amounts of food lectins improper for your blood type. Insulin resistance a common phenomena in women with poly cystic ovaries, is often a cause of heart disease, obesity and other hormonal problems later on in life.
Find a good "food-derived" carotene (sometimes called "carotenoid") preparation. By this I mean a carotene supplement not just composed of beta carotene, but rather beta carotene and its cousins, gamma carotene, lycopene and lutein. Lutein especially, has been shown to decrease the amount of cystic formation on the ovary by its anti-oxidant abilities. The female ovary is a very metabolically active organ, and the follicles must cut their way out when a woman ovulates, by secreting an enzyme to bore a hole to the exterior. Normally there is quite a bit of lutein in the ovarian tissue to snuff out the inflamation that results. If not, the tissue becomes cystic. It is interesting to note that lutein is the yellow pigment in plants (lutea is Latin for "yellow"). Many tissues which are metabolically unstable, such as the retina of the eye ("macula lutea") and the ovulatory product ("corpus luteum") are yellow from the deposition of lutein. Unhealthy ovaries tend to be whitish colored at autopsy because of an inability to deposit lutein or an inadequate amount in the diet. Unlike beta carotene, which is often synthetic and only pure beta carotene, the "food derived carotenes" have a broad mixture of carotenoids, and are closer to what is found in a healthy diet.