Pcos, Insulin Resistance And Diabetes-how Are They Related?
PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is a problem known by what it usually causes: many tiny cysts on the ovaries. The cysts themselves are painless, but the effects are not.
If you have PCOS, you have probably noticed these symptoms:
changes in your skin, such as acne or increased oiliness
increased hair on your face and body
hair loss on your head, sometimes as male-pattern baldness
problems with ovulation
irregular or heavy periods
dark patches on your skin
feeling mentally off, brain fog
Do you know what is weird about the last item in the list, insulin resistance? In many cases it causes the other items in the list.
Insulin resistance means that your body must put out more and more insulin to force blood glucose into your RESISTANT cells. When your body can no longer produce enough insulin to make the blood glucose go into the cells where it belongs, you are type II diabetic. If you are type-II diabetic, you have probably been dealing with insulin resistance to some degree for a long time.
Why does insulin resistance tend to cause PCOS? Direct causes are unclear, but apparently the excess insulin in your system causes an imbalance in your other hormones, leading to an excess of male hormones. These hormones cause the problems of PCOS, including infertility, excess hair growth where you don’t want hair and too little hair growth where you do want it.
What this means is that not only is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome treatable, but that you can treat yourself through diet and exercise.
Your doctor may recommend that you start treatment with hormones right away, or may help you decide on a diet and exercise program that will help you get your insulin resistance under control before trying anything else.
It is helpful to look into low-carbohydrate, or at least low glycemic index foods to be able to control your insulin resistance. Exercise, even as little as 30 minutes of brisk walking 3 times a week can have amazing effects on your mind and body.
You will want to make an informed decision about any treatments, realizing that any treatment will have side effects, and will be less effective if you do not take the proper measures to help your doctor help you by working on dietary changes on your own.
Take charge of your health, your fertility and find more answers to your PCOS questions by healing the insulin resistance that caused it.