Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that recently appears to be occurring more frequently in women. It is a complex condition that is difficult to diagnose since there are so many symptoms associated with it. Many of the symptoms are due to high levels of androgens circulating in the body. Androgens are “male” hormones, and the main one is testosterone. The high levels prevent ovulation and affect the menstrual cycle.
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This weight gain leads to insulin resistance which could subsequently cause diabetes, cholesterol abnormalities and heart disease. This is where your diet can help you. By reaching your ideal body weight, you can prevent insulin resistance and any other resulting conditions. It is important to remember that insulin resistance is a physiological state that can be corrected, and is not a chronic condition.
When insulin levels are off, the entire body works harder and goes out of sync. Insulin is a hormone produced by beta cells in the pancreas. It helps control glucose which is our body’s key source of energy. Insulin acts as a key to open body cells to allow them to absorb glucose from our blood. But when there is too much glucose in the body, cells become desensitized and the body continues to release more insulin. These high levels of insulin disrupt cell metabolism, increase inflammation, and eventually the cells stop responding to the signal from insulin – creating insulin resistance.
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Metabolism plays a key role in glucose functioning – it defines how the body regulates energy. The way we eat affects our metabolism. A diet consisting mostly of simple carbs found in refined and processed foods, causes a fast breakdown of sugars that quickly enter the blood stream. The body then reacts by releasing more insulin to try control the sugar levels, creating a downward spiral. However, the correct diet can help metabolism and its relationship to insulin, tipping the scales in the right direction leading to a healthier, happier you.