You’re not the only one! Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 5 million American women (between 5 and 10 percent of women), with symptoms appearing as early as age 11. In addition, more than half of women are overweight. Don’t get down on yourself, there are some things you can do to help yourself!
It is not clear whether PCOS is a direct cause of weight gain however, according to fertility specialist Julie Tantibhedhyangkul, MD, Cleveland Clinic, a link does exist. According to her, “experts think a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors, including diet, exercise and lifestyle contribute to PCOS symptoms.” PCOS can cause many symptoms, however the one that is most likely connected to weight gain is high insulin levels. Insulin resistance means that the body has a difficult time using the glucose in the blood stream for energy. Unfortunately in women with PCOS, their bodies overproduce insulin, which results in weight gain. The more weight gain that occurs, the more additional symptoms a woman will have.
Since there is no cure for PCOS, do you best to try and keep your symptoms to a minimum by decreasing your weight gain. I know it can be challenging, but combining diet and exercise to lose only 5-10 percent of your body weight can help with many symptoms. If you weigh 180 pounds, that’s only 9 pounds!! Live Fit can help you reach your weight loss goals through diet and exercise!
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