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Why Weight Gain in PCOS?

PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a complex endocrine disorder affecting hormonal functions in women. It is a genetic, hormonal, metabolic & reproductive disorder that is marked by multiple cysts in ovaries, pelvic pain, irregular menses, heavy bleeding, etc.

PCOS can be a complex condition to identify, as some women may show mild or no signs, while others may show severe symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur either due to excess production of male hormone (androgens) or insulin caused due to insulin resistance.

Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, is required by the body to shift the glucose in the blood produced from the food we eat into the body tissues where it further gets broken down to produce the energy needed to perform daily functions. In insulin resistance, these body tissues do not respond to the insulin produced. As a result, to compensate for it, the pancreas starts producing more insulin. The extra insulin secreted not only causes a variety of symptoms in PCOS but also triggers the ovaries to produce more androgens (male hormones) thereby, worsening the condition.

Also, to add to this poor diet or eating junk or unhealthy food produces a lot of glucose by breaking down the food. The excess glucose which does not get converted to energy gets converted to fat and sticks to your body, thereby making you put on weight.

Therefore, it’s necessary for all the women suffering from PCOS to not fall for FAD diets but to opt for a well-balanced diet. And make a shift towards leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle!


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