The insulin-PCOS connection

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PCOS and insulin-resistance are extremely interconnected conditions, and understanding how they influence each other can help you treat your symptoms more accurately and efficiently!

Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance occurs when your body’s cells do not respond efficiently to insulin and don’t absorb enough glucose to convert it into energy. When this happens, your blood sugar levels may rise, thus triggering the release of even more insulin. When greater amounts of insulin are needed to absorb a certain amount of glucose, people develop insulin resistance. High insulin levels often lead to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, or inflammation.

Connection to PCOS

Since so many women who suffer from PCOS also face insulin resistance, many experts think that insulin-resistance could cause or predispose women to develop PCOS. Insulin resistance might trigger releases of higher amounts of androgens by disrupting the pituitary gland. Other experts suggest that it may impair ovulation and influence the ovaries to produce more testosterone, creating PCOS symptoms.

Treatments

Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine can help mitigate your symptoms and reduce the hormonal imbalance that comes with PCOS. Exercising more can help with weight loss and eating less sugary foods and few carbs may help manage insulin-resistance. Some experts suggest taking magnesium supplements for insulin resistance or anti-androgen supplements as well. Remember, it is always important to consult your doctor about what treatment plan is best for you and your body!

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