our Health Index for More Subjects, Conditions and
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
PCOS has now been recognized as perhaps the most
common of all hormone disorders affecting
Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal imbalance linked to the
way the body processes insulin.
at the National Institutes of Health, Stanford
University and other research centers have clearly
identified the existence and effects of Insulin
Resistance, as the cause of PCOS.
The side effects of this imbalance can create:
is Insulin Resistance?
Your body breaks down foods into a sugar (glucose)
which then enters your blood stream. The more sugar
and carbohydrates you eat, the higher your blood sugar
goes. The higher the blood sugar the more your
body produces insulin.
Insulin's job is to push the blood sugar into the
On the surface of the cells in your body are
insulin receptors, which act like little doors that
open and close to regulate the inflow of blood sugar.
After many years of consuming a high sugar and high
carbohydrate diet, your cells have been bombarded with
so much insulin that these doors begin to malfunction
and shut down.
With less doors open, your body needs to produce
even more insulin to push the glucose into the cells.
More insulin causes even more doors to close and as
this vicious cycle continues, the condition called "insulin
resistance" sets in.
This insulin resistance can get so bad that your
body can no longer produce enough insulin to push the
blood sugar into the cells. The blood sugar then rises
out of control resulting in type 2 diabetes. Diabetes
is simply an extreme case of insulin resistance.
does it cause PCOS?
resistance leads to having high insulin levels in the
blood. The ovaries seem to be particularly
sensitive to this.
levels of insulin in the blood stimulates the ovaries
to produce large amounts of male hormones which may
prevent the ovaries form releasing eggs, thus causing
response of over producing male hormones
cause the PCOS symptoms such as excessive hair growth,
male pattern baldness and acne.
This upsets the delicate balance of hormones
which has a direct effect on weight gain and the
formation of ovarian cysts.
problems with Insulin Resistance:
There are other side effects that are
associated with PCOS which comes from the over
production of insulin.
Insulin is the master hormone of your metabolism.
When it is out of balance and your insulin levels are
consistently elevated, it creates problems.
In his best-selling book Protein Power, Dr.
Michael Eades wrote,
"When insulin levels become too
high... metabolic havoc ensues with elevated blood
pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides,
diabetes, and obesity all trailing in its wake. These
disorders are merely symptoms of a single more
basic disturbance in metabolism, excess insulin and
Nutritional Deficiencies from excess insulin.
Science has shown that excess insulin also causes
your body to become deficient in many vitamins,
minerals and other nutrients.
Chromium is essential to
proper metabolism and maintaining safe sugar levels.
Excess insulin depletes your body's chromium. In Protein Power,
Dr. Eades further states,
"The insulin receptor, the structure on the
surfaces of your cells that actually become resistant
to insulin, requires chromium to function properly.
Deficiency of chromium is rampant - it affects 90% of
the American population - because a diet high in
starch and sugar puts a heavy demand on the insulin
system to handle the incoming carbohydrate load, and
that demand depletes chromium."
Chromium is critical to blood sugar
metabolism and being insulin resistant you can be
pretty sure that you are severely deficient in this
nutrient. If you ever wondered where your "sweet
tooth" and sugar cravings come from, now you know
- chromium deficiency!
To address PCOS, you
- Restrict the carbohydrates in your diet and
- Take the right nutritional supplements
you can do?
carbohydrate diet and sustained regular exercise will help with
lowering the levels of blood sugar and thus insulin.
Experts recommend a low carbohydrate diet in which a
significant part of the total carbohydrates are
obtained from green vegetables.
The low carbohydrate diet should only include
between 20-30 carbohydrates a day.
For recipes to help with this go to a site that is
helpful to diabetics and to those with insulin
her to Recipes
that Lower Blood Sugars.
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