I had an email from Tania over at http://www.trying-to-conceive.com/ asking if I would publish an article on pcos+weight issues which she would write for me, I've never had a guest blogger before so i thought it would be an interesting article to publish.
Obesity is one of the most common side effects a woman must endure when suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS. Women that suffer from PCOS can have the exact same diet as one that does not have the disease and still gain weight. The reasons behind why PCOS causes weight gain are in dispute, but researchers do agree that the body chemistry and genetics can play an important role in the matter.
One of the primary reasons for weight gain with PCOS is insulin resistance, which means insulin cannot perform properly. There are many experts that feel in order to experience weight loss with PCOS; a woman must get her insulin levels under control. The ways in which to do this is through incorporating a daily diet rich in foods that are low on the glycemic index, which will keep the blood sugar at consistent levels and help manage weight. With a balanced diet weight loss and PCOS can be controlled and managed in a healthy way.
Another culprit of PCOS weight gain is the hormone leptin which is produced by the fat cells. The leptin hormone is made by the hypothalamus and when levels are too high or too low, normal homeostasis is disrupted. Women that are suffering from PCOS tend to have higher leptin levels, this raises the chances of obesity, and it does not hinder the women from overeating.
There are many things a woman can do when trying to lose weight when suffering from PCOS, which includes the following:
• Regular exercise
• Dietary modification
• Maintain consistent insulin levels in the body
• Consulting with a nutritionist
When trying to conceive and suffering from PCOS, some women can experience problems which require medical attention. Obesity related to PCOS can be one of the most common reasons why it is so hard for a woman to conceive. Losing weight is very important to fertility and overall health so it is an issue a woman must address for her own physical well being, as well as for medical reasons.
There are many women that suffer from PCOS and are overweight as a result. Weight loss for women with PCOS is very important because it will help increase her chances when trying to conceive and it will also allow her to manage one of the most problematic side effects of the condition. It is important to seek medical attention when suffering from the condition because it does require monitoring from a medical professional in order to be best handled.
Medical studies suggest that regular exercise, certain lifestyle modifications and a PCOS friendly diet can go far in helping a woman manage her weight. Weight loss for women with PCOS is an important topic particularly when it is impairing fertility and causing problems with a woman’s health. In order to best address the condition, a woman should be aware of what is causing the weight gain and handle the problem in a proactive and productive manner. Weight loss and PCOS is a topic that is currently being studied in order to provide a better understanding of what a woman can do to improve the situation.