Every year September is considered to be a Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month.
Here are a few useful facts about PCOS:
- Women with PCOS are often found to have higher than normal insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone that’s produced in your pancreas. It helps the cells in your body turn sugar (Glucose) into energy.
- If you don’t produce enough insulin, your blood sugar levels can rise. This can also happen if you’re insulin resistant, meaning you aren’t able to use the insulin you do produce effectively.
- High fiber foods can help combat insulin resistance by slowing down digestion and reducing the impact of sugar on the blood. This may be beneficial to women with PCOS.
- Great options for high-fibre foods include:Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables
- Why does polycystic ovary syndrome cause weight gain?
PCOS makes it more difficult for the body to use the hormone insulin, which normally helps convert sugars and starches from foods into energy. This condition – called insulin resistance – can cause insulin and sugar — glucose — to build up in the bloodstream.
High insulin levels increase the production of male hormones. High male hormones levels lead to symptoms such as body hair growth, acne, irregular periods and weight gain. Because the weight gain is triggered by male hormones, it is typically in the abdomen. That is where men tend to carry weight. So, instead of having a pear shape, women with PCOS have more of an apple shape.
Women with polycystic ovary disease might find it difficult to become pregnant due to lack of ovulation, which occurs because of a hormonal imbalance or weight gain. According to Fertility Factor, PCOS is one of the main causes of infertility, affecting up to 10 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 40. Making modifications to the diet and exercising can help reduce weight and restore ovulation in some cases. A low-glycemic index diet to help reduce weight and some of the symptoms that occur as a part of PCOS.