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PCOS and Diabetes: What Risk Does InsulinResistance Carry For Women?

The Conditions:

What is PCOS?

In simple terms, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a medical condition where small cysts develop on the ovaries.
Complications associated with the condition includes;
● Infertility
● Excessive hair growth
● Weight Gain
● Acne
● Irregular periods or no periods at all.

Pcos affects 1 in 10 Women.

What is Insulin Resistance?

The hormone insulin helps control the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood. With insulin resistance, the body’s cells don’t respond normally to insulin. Glucose can’t enter the cells as easily, so it builds up in the blood.
This can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes.
Complications includes;
● Frequent Urination
● Excessive thirst

● Weight changes
● High blood pressure
● Dark and dry skin etc

The Connection :

PCOS is challenging enough as it is, so it’s important that you care for your body to prevent or manage further health issues such as diabetes.
According to Mark P. Trolice MD, Director of Fertility CARE, up to 40 percent of women with PCOS could develop prediabetes (or very high blood sugar). Many patients with prediabetes are overweight, he says. Up to 10 percent of patients with PCOS will develop diabetes.
PCOS and Diabetes have two way relationship
“It appears that high levels of insulin are not only a side effect of PCOS, but also likely play a role in causing and maintaining PCOS”
Some experts suggest that obesity-associated insulin resistance alters the function of the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland in the brain, increasing the production of androgenic hormones, which contribute to PCOS.

Takeaway :

If you have PCOS or diabetes, talk to your doctor about which treatment options will work best for your particular situation.
Certain lifestyle changes, routine checkups and medications can help you manage your health.

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