Leslie Carol Botha: Hormone imbalance is crucial and affects women in so many ways. Hormones are the body’s messengers – the communicators between cells. It makes sense that when they are whacked out -everything else goes out of synch. Hormones are the body’s orchestra. They have to be in perfect harmony for us to have good health. Something else that women need to know is that when the body is threatened (nutritionally depleted and over stressed) the first system to cease functioning is reproduction; i.e. infertility. No rocket science there.
Being obese makes it harder to get pregnant
The Cohen Diet is giving formerly overweight, hormonally imbalanced women yet another bonus: the chance to have children
When she was brand manager, Rona Rodriguez Baes, 31, traveled frequently and entertained dealers and business colleagues. Beer, dining out and a sedentary lifestyle contributed to her weight gain, until she ballooned to 178 lbs after her pregnancy.
“I packed on the weight, but when it was time for me to conceive, I developed polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a kind of hormonal imbalance and had to take an antidiabetic agent thrice daily to regulate my sugar and normalize my menstrual cycle just to conceive,” she said.
Despite her weight problem, Baes finally got pregnant. However, she suffered complications such as gestational diabetes (high glucose levels), hypertension and preeclampsia (high blood pressure and protein in the urine).
The baby was born prematurely and died due to severe infection while in the ICU.
Still carrying some postnatal fat, Baes underwent a physical examination and was told that she was classified as obese. Suffering the trauma of losing a child due to her obesity, she worked hard to lose weight by trying out popular diet plans.
She would regain the pounds once she got off the diet.
Only the Cohen Diet produced dramatic and lasting results. The Cohen Center developed a customized program based on her blood chemistry and taught her how to prepare her meals.
“Most diets know only two things: make you lose weight and look better. The Cohen program balances your hormones and normalizes your body functions,” she said.
People who undertake this plan lose as many as 10 lbs on the first week. This motivates them to continue their diet.
Baes noted that the weight loss cured her PCOS, her period became regular and the acne resulting from PCOS disappeared.
After losing 60 lbs and going down to 118 lbs, and dropping from size 16 to size 4, Baes has been keeping unwanted kilos at bay by following the maintenance guidelines. She enjoys the clean flavors of nature’s produce and no longer craves for salty foods.
Baes is two months pregnant again, without having to be on medications to help her conceive and to control her insulin levels.
One of the country’s top ob-gynecologists, Dr. Gilda Martinez, pointed out the link between obesity and reproductive problems.
At the onset of obesity, the abnormal amount of estrogen, which regulates the female reproductive organs, can cause irregularities in menstruation, problems in ovulation (the release of the egg from the ovary needed for fertility, difficulty in getting pregnant or higher risks of miscarriage).
Dr. Martinez said that obesity and insulin resistance are common problems. Insulin is a hormone that stores fat in the body or enables it to burn for activity.
When insulin receptors don’t function properly and start to build up, it can mean a domino effect on the rest of the hormones.