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- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
PCOS has now been recognized as perhaps the most
common of all hormone disorders affecting
It is sometimes called PCOD for Disorder.
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.
this leads to other things.
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 (androgen) 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.
is more to this:
Causes of PCOS
is the information about this by Dr. Eric Berg
Help understand Insulin
Resistance and frr Maintaining Healthy
Blood Sugar Levels
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