By Nmami Agarwal
You will be surprised to know that most women tend to gain weight at some point with the medical condition PCOS. And for those women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) gets difficult to lose weight which becomes a constant struggle. Women with PCOS have increased levels of male hormones and are less sensitive to insulin. Lager pool of women are overweight as a result, they are at a higher risk for sleep apnea, diabetes, heart disease and uterine cancer. If you have PCOS, certain you are likely to gain extra weight. So, let’s see what the reason is behind putting on those extra kilos.
Why does polycystic ovary syndrome cause weight gain?
Insulin is an essential hormone responsible for dealing with sugar content in your blood streams. It transports sugar to your muscles and if your body already has more glucose than it is needed, the body starts storing it in the form of fat. Studies unfold the fact women with PCOS have some dysfunction in their cells (Beta cells) which are responsible for the secretion of insulin. These cells are seemed to be responsible for detecting sugar in the bloodstream that may overreact by producing extra insulin than it’s needed. Making more glucose to be stored in your body as fat.
Furthermore, many of the women with PCOS have “insulin resistance.” That means, their body requires more insulin than the normal insulin to deal with or metabolize sugar in the bloodstream. Hence, those high levels of insulin in the body cause it to store more fat and causes ovaries to produce more testosterone, leading the symptoms of PCOS to worse. Insulin resistance is the only suspect due to which, women with PCOS are likely to gain weight and finds harder to lose at times.
What are the health risks linked with PCOS-related weight gain?
So, as now you are up to the reason why weight gain takes place amongst many women in PCOS, it’s also important to know are there any health risks linked to weight in PCOS? As it can be detrimental to your health if, there are any. Let’s find it out.
Women with PCOS are with a high tendency to develop various problems linked to weight gain and insulin resistance. Such health risks include high cholesterol, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and endometrial cancer. Also, many of these health issues can lead to heart disease. In fact, studies show that women with PCOS are four to seven times more likely to have a heart attack than women of the same age without the condition.
Over to you
To control weight gain under this medical condition is best achieved by following a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, which means a healthy diet and regular physical activity. We understand it’s not always easy to suddenly make such changes in your lifestyle but learning and understanding little more about the importance of being physically fit will certainly set ultimate lifestyle changes. Finally, we will suggest that do talk to your doctor and consult him on regular basis to keep the situation under control.