Q: My daughter has acne and dark whiskers on her chin. She is big in the hips and has irregular periods. I am worried as the doctor just wants to put her on the pill.

A: Your daughter most likely has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This very common condition is associated with insulin resistance (a pre-diabetic condition) and elevated male hormones including DHEA and testosterone. Some women with PCOS develop multiple cysts in the ovaries, but many women with PCOS have no cysts in the ovaries, so cysts are not the defining symptom. Doctors generally want to treat PCOS with the Pill. However, new research shows it actually makes the condition worse. Metformin, a diabetes drug, is also used to treat PCOS but comes with its own risks. Thankfully, we have an outstanding nutrient called Chirositol that effectively treats PCOS without the side effects associated with drug treatments. Chirositol, derived from the carob plant, has over 30 studies performed at the Virginia Medical School. Chirositol helps to normalize insulin and blood sugar by mimicking the action of insulin and pushing glucose into the cells. Through this action on insulin, Chirositol also returns male hormone levels to normal. Chirositol further enhances serotonin, our happy hormone, which helps curb sugar cravings. Not only is it a great supplement for the reduction of belly fat, but Chirositol also restores ovulation, clears up acne, reverses male facial hair growth in women and aids weight loss. Most women with PCOS are overweight, but for those who are thin, Chirositol maintains normal blood sugar levels while normalizing ovulation, reducing excess circulating male hormones and regulating the menstrual cycle. Chirositol, the only ingredient in GLUCOsmart, should be used with ESTROsmart (1 capsule of GLUCOsmart and 4 capsules of ESTROsmart per day) to quickly put PCOS in remission. ESTROsmart makes periods effortless and also aids healthy ovulation. Most women with PCOS have irregular and/or heavy periods. It is important to treat PCOS early to prevent diabetes and to protect fertility. Due to childhood obesity, we are now seeing girls as young as 12 developing PCOS.