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Is PCOS caused by being overweight?

Is PCOS caused by being overweight?

by: Dr. Shilva
Sr. Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynecology Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Women at some time of their life face challenge with weight gain. Women having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have to struggle hard in losing weight. PCOS is a hormonal disorder among women usually occurs during childbearing age and can lead to infertility as well.  Women who are suffering from PCOS are less sensitive to insulin and male hormones are found in higher levels. PCOCS can lead to overweight and obesity, which further can cause to heart disease, uterine cancer, sleep apneas, and diabetes.

PCOS makes it difficult for the body to use the insulin hormone, which helps to convert starches and sugars and from foods to energy. This condition is called insulin resistance and can cause to build sugar, insulin, and glucose in the bloodstream.

Androgens are male hormones, their production level is increased by high insulin levels. High levels of androgen can lead to indications of body hair growth, irregular periods, acne and weight gain. Weight gain is initiated by male hormones and more frequently it is found in the abdomen, normally men tend to carry weight in the abdomen.  So rather than having a pear shape body women with PCOS tend to have an apple shaped body.

Women affected with PCOS are more prone to develop many problems which are associated with weight gain and insulin resistance which includes:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Infertility
  • Endometrial cancer

These conditions can even lead to heart disease. Women having PCOS are 4 to 7 times more prone to have a heart attack than women without PCOS of the same age. Some studies suggest that weight gain can also help in triggering PCOS symptoms like acne and menstrual abnormalities.

Losing your body weight can not only help you to lower the health risks also it will make you look better. Reducing 10% of body weight can bring back periods back to normal if you have PCOS. On top of it, it can help to relieve some signs of polycystic ovary syndrome.

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