Are you a woman or someone you know- gained significant weight despite a diligent diet and exercise routine? Do you find it difficult to lose the extra weight around your waist? Have you heard of PCOS?
PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) also known as PCOD, is a health problem that affects a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, hormone balance and appearance. In fact, almost 1 out of 10 women have PCOS and generally a large percentage of pre-menopausal women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) often go unaware for years, that their weight gain is in part due to this condition, in which the ovaries and glands, for unknown reasons, pump out too much male hormone, androgen.
How to find whether you or your dear one’s have PCOS.
Irregular Periods: In PCOS, the ovary egg instead of being released during ovulation builds up in the ovaries and may become enlarged so it’s common for them to have irregular or missed periods.
Acne: Acne and extra hair on the face and body can happen if someone has PCOS as the body is making too much male hormone testosterone.
Dark Patches on Skin: A higher level of insulin causes patches of darkened skin on the back of the neck, under the arms, and inside upper thighs.
Drastic Weight Gain: The rapid, uncontrollable weight gain is due largely to insulin resistance- a condition wherein body tissue becomes less responsive to insulin. In blood this extra insulin causes the ovaries to produce an excess of male hormones. One more reason why insulin is the “bad guy” is that excessively high levels of insulin turn off a fat-metabolizing enzyme, which turn-on fat storage and turned-off fat-burning.
Weight loss diet for PCOS is necessary as being overweight or obese as it has been linked to an increased risk of numerous health problems including: Hormonal imbalance, Diabetes, Irregular periods, Heart Disease, High cholesterol, Sleep apnea.
Besides medication a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy eating and daily exercise has to be the important part of treating PCOS.Author Information — this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo