20 Facts about PCOS

  1. PCOS is a common endocrine disorder, but a huge population of women is not diagnosed.
  2. The exact cause of PCOS is still unknown, there are three possible causes; high insulin (an excess of sugar), an excess of stress, GMO Chemical food's.
  3. Women with PCOS have higher rates of depression and anxiety
  4. Eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder are common among women with PCOS.
  5. PCOS affects 5-10% of women of reproductive age in the United States
  6. Signs of hormonal imbalance help to identify if you have PCOS such as: irregular or no period at all, hair loss, acne, hair growth on the face, weight gain, bloating.
  7. Despite its name, it is not cysts, it is follicles, which are eggs released by the ovary. In other words, the ovary is producing too many follicles. The cysts are developed as a result of the hormonal imbalance.
  8. Not all women with PCOS actually have cysts on their ovaries.
  9. Women with PCOS are at greater risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, miscarriages.
  10. More than 50 percent of women with PCOS will have diabetes or pre-diabetes before the age of 40. And the risk of heart attack is four to seven times higher in women with PCOS.
  11. Symptoms of PCOS are completely treatable and can completely resolve themselves with the right approach.
  12. The diagnostic criteria indicates for a woman to be diagnosed with PCOS she must show at least 2 of the following 3: a. Irregular or absent periods, b. high androgens, c. Polycystic ovaries
  13. If you are taking oral contraceptives or metformin it is important to supplement with Vitamin B12  as the drug can interfere with absorption of the vitamin.
  14. Both myo and d-chiro inositol have been shown to improve metabolic aspects of PCO and fertility.
  15. There is no cure for PCOS.
  16.  The optimal treatment for PCOS is adopting a healthy lifestyle which involves a change in diet and lifestyle, and supplements.
  17.  It is estimated that 50-70% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance.
  18. Regular exercise is an effective way to improve insulin levels in PCOS.
  19. Exercising regularly is an effective way to improve insulin levels in PCOS and increase blood flow to the uterus, improving ovulation.
  20. Sleep disturbances were twice as common in women with PCOS compared with those without.

 

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