Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the most common female hormonal disorders and is characterized by multiple abnormal cysts in the ovaries. PCOS affects an estimated 5 to 10 percent of all women, and can cause infertility.
Symptoms of PCOS can vary widely from woman to woman and may include
- Irregular or completely absent periods
- Excessive facial or body hair
- Alopecia (male pattern hair loss)
- Skin tags
- Brown skin patches
- High cholesterol levels
- Exhaustion or lack of mental alertness
- Decreased sex drive
- Sleep Apnoea (difficulty breathing during sleep)
Insulin resistance – This is the root cause of PCOS. Insulin resistance is where the cells in the body stop responding to the hormone insulin, which controls the amount of sugar in the blood stream. Insulin allows glucose to enter the body’s cells, so when this doesn’t happen efficiently, glucose remains in the blood stream causing elevated blood sugar. Excess blood sugar is then sent to the liver, where it converts to fat and is stored throughout the body. As well as contributing to fat storage, insulin resistance encourages the production of excessive amounts of the male hormone testosterone. This also plays a role in many of the symptoms mentioned above. Insulin resistance can be tested for using a fasting blood test. Once identified insulin resistance can be treated through diet and supplements. Insulin Resistance Test.
Imbalanced hormones – In addition to insulin resistance, PCOS sufferers often have an excess of the male hormone testosterone, as well as imbalances in the female sex hormones. A comprehensive hormone panel will help to identify the condition and pinpoint precise imbalances in hormone levels. Smart Nutrition could then put together a protocol to address the underlying imbalances and help you manage your condition. Female Hormone Test
Being overweight – Weight gain is not only a symptom of PCOS is can also contribute to the condition. Fat cells are able to release all sorts of hormones and messages into the body which can perpetuate insulin resistance. Consequently, reducing body weight, although difficult for PCOS sufferers, can be a key way of helping to manage the condition. Smart Nutrition Weight Loss Package.