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March 26, 2024
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Candice Craig and Dr. Aliabadi on PCOS Awareness and Self-Diagnosing

In this episode of SHE MD, Dr. A and Candice Craig, a professional dancer and author of "Living With PCOS: Road To Reversal," dig deep into the complexities of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Craig shares her personal journey, including her struggles with misdiagnosis and her passionate advocacy for PCOS awareness, alongside her inspiring path to pregnancy. The conversation sheds light on the often misunderstood symptoms of PCOS, the challenges of obtaining a correct diagnosis within a healthcare system lacking in PCOS knowledge, and touches on the fertility implications associated with the condition. Dr. A also explores various treatment options, including insights into Ozempic for weight management, offering practical guidance for those navigating similar experiences.

About the Guest

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Candice Craig published ‘Living With PCOS Road To Reversal’ to serve women all over the world who suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This book started through her self-discovery of PCOS through numerous misdiagnoses and turned into a mission to reverse its process, which took on a purpose much larger than herself.

Candice is a first-generation Haitian Cuban American, born in Miami, FL, to immigrant parents. Growing up, Candice started dancing and doing gymnastics throughout her childhood and, from 3rd grade, began performing arts school for dance. By the age of 17, she was on the global stage dancing alongside Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Pharrell, JLo, & Chris Brown, among other stars. Her full-time career took her to the highest peaks in dance by the age of 25, where she featured in the film Honey 4: Rise Up and Dance.

Candice continued in performance and entertainment through singing, dancing and acting, moving to the city of Los Angeles to pursue her dream. Today, Candice has amassed a large social media following on all platforms, is known as a top-tier content creator with global brand recognition, has an entertainment career that continues, and owns her beauty and apparel lined, VVIVIIVIII apparel and beauty, coming into its fifth year.

As a result of her career and life Candice was always in perfect health and in tune with her body. She could never make sense of how it began to deteriorate all of a sudden without any radical change in her routine and recognized, only when she found out it was PCOS, that she wasn’t the only one. This led her to find a greater purpose and mission that has been served in the creation of this book.

PCOS Takeaways

  1. Prioritize fertility awareness: PCOS patients experience faster declines in egg quality than most women. Consider freezing eggs by age 32 if immediate pregnancy isn't planned for the near future.
  2. Tackle insulin resistance: 75% of PCOS patients struggle with lifelong weight issues. Diet and exercise may not suffice. Manage insulin resistance through holistic approaches, supplements, or medication to alleviate various PCOS symptoms like irregular periods, weight gain, and issues related to high testosterone levels such as hair loss, acne, facial hair, and body hair.
  3. Address mental health: Acknowledge mood disorders in PCOS, such as anxiety and depression. Treat them comprehensively alongside managing other symptoms like acne, weight gain, irregular periods, and hair-related issues.
  4. Hormonal balance for skin and hair: There are solutions for acne and hair-related issues, includin addressing hormonal imbalances through lifestyle changes and medical interventions.
  5. Advocate for yourself: Seek healthcare professionals familiar with PCOS. Find a supportive doctor who takes your symptoms seriously. With proper guidance, women with PCOS can achieve weight loss, maintain it, have clear skin, stop the hair loss, and live the life they've dreamed of.