PCOS is caused by hormonal imbalances which create ovarian cysts (benign growths on the ovaries). Health risks of undiagnosed, untreated PCOS include heart disease, type 2 diabetes (due to increased insulin resistance) and high blood pressure. Yet there are natural ways to combat PCOS:
Cure Insulin Resistance to fight PCOS
According to the PCOS Foundation, as many as 5 to 10 percent of women develop PCOS once they have reached reproductive maturity. One of the ways you can protect yourself from PCOS is by safeguarding against insulin resistance.
The hormone insulin is produced in the pancreas and plays an important part in regulating blood sugar, converting glucose to energy. It also plays a crucial role in the way the body converts or metabolizes fat, carbohydrates and protein.
‘Insulin resistance’ describes when cells in the body are no longer as responsive to insulin, forcing the pancreas to go into overdrive in order to supply more. This increase in insulin causes the ovaries to produce excess hormones. Thus insulin resistance can set off a chain that throws your body out of hormonal balance, a condition that may potentially lead to PCOS unless you take remedial action.
Safeguarding against PCOS through diet
Metformin is normally used to treat type 2 diabetes, but as it helps to control glucose in the blood it is also prescribed for women who report symptoms of PCOS due to the close links between the disorder and pre-diabetic insulin resistance. Even though this is widely used, there are other natural ways to treat insulin resistance and PCOS holistically:
- Follow a healthy diabetic-friendly diet: Lowering sugar intake will help to manage insulin imbalances
- Speak to your GP about a PCOS diet: Your diet will entail eating foods that balance carbohydrate and protein intake so that your insulin levels are also balanced.
While statistics on PCOS leave many women worried about their health, there are steps you can take today to safeguard against increased insulin resistance and PCOS. Speak to Dr Alison about a healthy eating plan that will help to create sustained wellness.