All posts by Robin Nielsen

About Robin Nielsen

Robin is an Integrative Clinical Nutritionist, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition. She comes to Insulite Health with a passion for helping women live vibrant, passionate lives. Robin had her own struggles with health. As a teenager she suffered from digestive disorders, weight, acne and hypoglycemia. As an adult she continued to struggle with balancing blood sugar, adult acne, mood swings, weight gain, arthritic conditions in her hands and chronic inflammation. Robin understands first hand how symptoms of poor health can keep us from living the life we dreamed of.

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What You Don’t Know About PCOS Treatment Could Save Your Life!

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, also known as PCOS, is a disease that occurs when an imbalance of hormones takes root in a woman’s body. With excess androgens, or male hormones, a woman may become infertile, lose her hair, grow hair in unexpected (and sometimes embarrassing) places, experience extreme emotional stress in the form of anxiety and depression, and have irregular or nonexistent menstruation. Though this sounds bad, the list of symptoms unfortunately does not stop there, as women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can also suffer from: ovarian cysts, skin conditions, weight gain, pain in the pelvic region, skin tags, and sleep apnea. Continue reading

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Could PCOS Be Lurking in Your Genes?

When it comes to understanding the genetic nature of human makeup, the scientific world has made great leaps. From Mendel’s hybrid peapods to the unlocking of the human genome, the study of how our DNA makes us unique has been of interest to scientists for decades. Now, as more and more illnesses, diseases, and other conditions are being discovered, one of the first questions on the minds of doctors and researchers everywhere is, “Is it genetic?” Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is one such condition that has had doctors studying the human genetic formula for years. Continue reading

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Is PCOS a Phantom Disease?

A condition that results from a hormonal imbalance in women, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is capable of causing a great many symptoms and serious illnesses in the women that it affects. It is estimated that at least ten percent of women of childbearing age are stricken with this syndrome, which can prove devastating to the lives of those that suffer through its symptoms. Continue reading

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Five Things You Should Know About Polycystic Ovarian Disease (POD)… And How to Beat It!

1. Polycystic Ovarian Disease is common. In fact, the University of California at San Diego reports that it is the most common of all women’s hormonal disorder. Anywhere from five to ten percent of all women of childbearing age are affected by this condition! You might know the disease by its other, more common name, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Continue reading

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PCOS Help is Here… And It’s Not What You Think!

Can you imagine anything more heartbreaking than a young couple, excited to start a family of their own, trying for months to conceive a child… only to find out that the woman is infertile? It’s a tough thing, yet it is something that many women and couples face. There are numerous root causes of infertility, of course, but the most common one is PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). Continue reading

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Do You Have Cushing’s or PCOS? Either Way, Diet Can Help!

A diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a difficult one for doctors to reach sometimes. Part of that is because the string of ovarian cysts that is the disease’s hallmark is sometimes undetected by an ultrasound. Part of it is that the condition comes with so many symptoms; they can be difficult to pin down. And part of it is because there is a great deal of similarity between PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and Cushing’s Disease, and accurately diagnosing one means ruling out the other. Continue reading

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What An Ultrasound Does (And Doesn’t) Tell You About Ovarian Cysts

Most women receive ultrasounds on a regular basis, as a key part of their routine medical care. The hope with any ultrasound is that it doesn’t reveal anything unexpected—outside of, perhaps, a surprise but joyous pregnancy! Every now and then, though, an ultrasound will pick up on something—something like ovarian cysts. But what is the real relationship between ovarian cysts and ultrasound technology, and what might it tell you about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)? Continue reading