Between 1 in 10 women have a hormonal disorder called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Women with PCOS often have insulin resistance (the body does not use insulin well), resulting in too much insulin in the body. Excess insulin has been related to an increase in production of androgen, a male hormone made in fat cells, ovaries and adrenal glands. High levels of these hormones affect the development and release of eggs during ovulation resulting in infertility.
The cause of PCOS is unknown; however most expert think that several factors including genetics play a role. A few common symptoms include:
- Infrequent, absent or irregular menstrual periods
- Infertility due to lack of ovulation
- Increased hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs or toes
- Acne, oily skin and dandruff
- Weight gain, especially around the mid-section
- Insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol and/or blood pressure
- Male- pattern baldness or thinning hair
- Pelvic pain
- Anxiety or depression
- Sleep apnea
Diet and PCOS
Research has shown changing eating habits and getting more exercise helps to manage PCOS. A moderate weight loss (5-10 percent of total body weight) can also help normalize menstrual cycles, regulate blood sugar and increase a woman’s chances of conceiving a baby. For more information, come in to speak to us today.