Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most commonly occurring hormonal disorder in young girls and women of reproductive age, especially those between the ages of 18 and 44. It may even affect girls as young as 11 years old.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a problem that affects up to one in ten American women.
Lack of physical activity, obesity, overproduction of testosterone (a male sex hormone found in women in small quantities) and a family history of PCOS are the most common factors involved in this condition.
Also, doctors are aware that PCOS is caused by insulin resistance, but the precise relationship between the two conditions is still unknown.
The symptoms of PCOS include:
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Excess levels of male hormones
- Infertility or difficulty conceiving
- Excessive body hair growth
- Increased acne
- Weight gain and inability to lose weight
Fortunately, there are a variety of natural treatments available to those suffering from PCOS, many of which can alleviate or even end symptoms completely.
One of the primary methods for managing PCOS is often managing the diet of the affected individual. Because PCOS is caused by insulin resistance, it’s essential to control glucose levels in the body.
Some sources have found that one of the best ways to control insulin levels is through choosing the timing of caloric consumption: eating the bulk of the day’s calories for breakfast, rather than at dinner time, can stabilize insulin levels.
Other studies have noted that the symptoms of PCOS become less severe when a woman is able to decrease her weight. Diet and exercise, therefore, are the first line of treatment for women with PCOS.
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