What is PCOS?

What is PCOS? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects a woman’s hormone levels.

The exact cause of PCOS isn’t known. Factors that might play a role include: Excess insulin. Insulin is the hormone produced in the pancreas that allows cells to use sugar, your body’s primary energy supply. If your cells become resistant to the action of insulin, then your blood sugar levels can rise and your body might produce more insulin. Excess insulin might increase androgen production, causing difficulty with ovulation. Low-grade inflammation. This term is used to describe white blood cells’ production of substances to fight infection. Research has shown that women with PCOS have a type of low-grade inflammation that stimulates polycystic ovaries to produce androgens, which can lead to heart and blood vessel problems. Heredity. Research suggests that certain genes might be linked to PCOS. Excess androgen. The ovaries produce abnormally high levels of androgen, resulting in hirsutism and acne.

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PCOS can cause irregular periods, acne, unwanted body and facial hair, darkened skin on neck, under armpits and under breast or excess skin (skin tags), insulin resistance, pelvic pain, weight gain, mood changes, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and raise your risk of other health issues such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels, diabetes , abnormal uterine bleeding, cancer of the uterine lining. It can affect your fertility, cause gestational diabetes or pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, miscarriage or premature birth. The list goes on and on.

Geez, as I researched all this it became too real. I have a lot of these symptoms. How depressing! So instead of focusing on the things I can’t change I will center my attention on the things I can. I have started buying meals from Clean Eatz. They have a nice selection and are reasonable in price. Along with eating healthier, the medication prescribed and supplements I am taking, I started walking with a friend. This is just a detour in my journey. Please leave me any tips that have worked for you. I’m gonna try all the things. Positivity is a lifestyle. Staying strong.

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