PCOS causes a broad range of symptoms including weight gain, sugar cravings, acne, facial hair, absent or irregular menstruation and difficulties falling pregnant. PCOS can also make you feel tired, moody and even depressed some days.
As a qualified and experienced Australian Naturopath and Wellness Coach I can now share with you the crucial information you need to overcome PCOS. For many years I ran my own private clinical practice where I treated numerous women suffering with PCOS. I helped them get their health back on track using a natural and holistic treatment plan.
So you could say I know from firsthand experience what it takes to see lasting results…I now want to share these natural treatment solutions with you. But before we go any further, take a few moments and look over my PCOS checklist.
If you are suffering with PCOS it’s more than likely you will experience some or most of these symptoms.
PCOS is termed a ‘syndrome’. It therefore describes a group of symptoms that when clustered together collectively indicate a specific health problem. Like most ‘syndromes’ the symptoms of PCOS can vary differently from woman to woman… but our understanding of what causes PCOS is becoming a lot clearer.
Insulin is the hormone produced by the pancreas to help control your blood sugar levels. A diet high in sugary foods leads to ‘insulin resistance’. When this happens the body stops responding effectively to the actions of insulin. Insulin resistance leads to weight gain especially around the abdomen. In addition, weight gain associated with PCOS interferes with ovulation.
It’s normal for women to produce small amounts of androgens which are ‘male’ type hormones. However for women with PCOS the ovaries make excessive amounts in response to elevated insulin levels. Excess androgen production leads to the development of masculine characteristics such as excess face and body hair, acne and hair loss in the same pattern as male baldness.
Excess androgens have the ability to convert into oestrogen which results in greater levels of oestrogen, or ‘oestrogen dominance’. Oestrogen is the main female hormone. Over time too much of this hormone can suppress regular surges in follicle-stimulating hormones (FSH), the hormone that triggers ovulation. When this happens ovulation becomes irregular, leading to fertility issues.
Leptin acts in the hypothalamus, the part of your brain that is responsible for coordinating many body functions, including your appetite to help control food intake and weight loss. Overweight individuals can develop resistance to the action of leptin. This ‘hunger control hormone’ is then not able to produce its usual effects on controlling the appetite and stimulating metabolism. Leptin resistance can set you up for an ongoing cycle of weight gain.
Recent research links poor blood sugar control and being overweight with long term inflammation. Since insulin resistance can make you overweight… Read more…