My 34-year-old patient Jenni’s former doctor diagnosed her with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a metabolic disorder that left her with sugar cravings, near-constant fatigue, weight-loss resistance, and depression. A dietitian had put Jenni on a low-carbohydrate diet combined with some high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and a few supplements like a blood sugar-supporting multi. Insulin plays a big role in PCOS, and managing this master hormone makes an excellent first step to reverse PCOS.
But for Jenni, diet, nutrients, and exercise weren’t enough. Even though she professed she'd done everything correctly, she still suffered from headaches (especially in the beginning of her cycle), thyroid imbalance, terrible sleep, and an inability to maintain her happy weight. As a doctor who helps women balance their hormones without the need for birth control pills, I started putting the pieces together to treat Jenni’s condition.