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The Relationship Between PCOS and Obesity

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What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

PCOS is a hormonal disorder common among women of childbearing age, between 14- 44 years. It causes an excessive production of the male hormone, androgen. Those suffering with PCOS often have enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges.

The exact cause of PCOS is not known yet. Female anatomy, in a world governed by men is a dark cavern nobody is willing to venture into. But speculations are rife that a combination of genetic and environmental factors are to be blamed.

Symptoms of PCOS can look like:

  • irregular menstrual cycles,

  • excess hair growth,

  • acne and oily skin,

  • difficulty in conceiving or infertility,

  • and most commonly, obesity

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Why does PCOS cause weight gain?

The hormone insulin in the human body converts sugars and starches from foods into energy. PCOS makes your body insulin resistant, meaning it becomes difficult for your body to use it in the right way. It can misbalance your blood sugar levels by causing insulin and sugar to build up in your bloodstream.

Higher the levels of insulin, higher the production of androgens, the male hormones in your body. PCOS weight gain is triggered by male hormones, and happens usually in your abdominal region because that is where men usually put on weight.

Abdominal fat has been associated with the risk of various cardiovascular diseases, making it the most dangerous kind of fat.

What are the risks associated with PCOS-related weight gain?

If you are suffering from PCOS you are more likely to develop health issues related to weight gain and insulin resistance. These conditions have been frequently associated with heart diseases and can include:

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • High cholesterol levels

  • High blood pressure levels

  • Sleep apnea and insomnia

  • Infertility

  • Endometrial cancer

How to lose weight with PCOS?

PCOS and weight loss are two things that many women will not even consider in the same sentence. Obesity PCOS causes is a little difficult to get rid of but it is absolutely possible! Losing weight will not only save you from serious health conditions but also make you feel just generally lighter, better and happier.

  • Even losing as little as 10% of your body weight if you are overweight or obese and suffering with PCOS, can bring your periods back on track.

  • Losing weight can improve your insulin sensitivity, cutting down your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other complications related to PCOS.

  • A good place to start would be to visit your general physician. They can take your height and weight ratio to check your Body Mass Index or BMI.

    Your doctor can also prescribe PCOS weight loss medications to tackle the onslaught of male hormones such as:

    • Birth control pills

    • Anti-androgen medications

    • Metformin (Glucophage)

    Making some healthy lifestyle changes maybe the best PCOS treatment for weight loss. These can include:

    • Eat a diet high in fiber and low in sugar.

    • Avoid processed and fatty foods to keep your blood sugar levels in check.

    • To control your sugar levels, eat four to six small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals.

    • Exercise for at least 30 minutes for a minimum of three days a week.

    • If you are a smoker, quit it.

    • Track your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

    • Keep yourself happily engaged in activities that you enjoy.

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