Most of the women face weight gain at some point of their life and compete with it, but women with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) may face many difficulties to lose weight. PCOS is a hormonal imbalance or disorder commonly faced by many women of childbearing age. PCOS can also lead to infertility problems. Women with PCOS face improved insulin resistance and high testosterone and androgen hormones i.e. male hormones. Most of the women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are obese or overweight, which in turn increase the risk of several diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, cardiovascular diseases, uterine cancer, sleeping disorders, and so on. With the help of health, diet, exercise and other tips and changes women who have polycystic ovary syndrome can lose weight and can also lower the risk and complications of the diseases.
Why PCOS leads to heavy weight
Women with PCOS are insulin resistance, i.e., they can use the insulin properly produced in their body. This insulin helps in transforming the glucose and the starches in food to energy. Women with PCOS are insulin resistant which leads to increase in glucose levels in the body. The production of androgens (male hormones) increase in women with PCOS due to high insulin levels. Production of high male hormone causes several health issues like acne, hair growth, irregular menstruation, weight gain and so on. As heavy weight is caused due to high male hormones, you feel the excess pounds in abdomen area just like men. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome have more of an apple shape instead of pear shape. Fat accumulations in abdominal area are the most dangerous and can lead to several health complications like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and so on.
Complications due to heavy weight associated with PCOS
Irrespective of the cause heavy weight is very harm full to health and causes several health issues. Heavy weight women with PCOS are at an increased risk of developing several health problems like
- Diabetes especially Type 2 Diabetes
- High cholesterol levels
- Uterine cancer or endometrial cancer
- Breathing problems during sleep i.e. sleep apnea
These above symptoms also increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and heart attack. PCOS increase the risk by four to seven times of having heart diseases when compared to women without PCOS and same age. It is also believed that heavy weight also provokes signs and symptoms of PCOS like irregular periods, acne and so on.