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PCOS: Do You Have a Belly Fat Disease?

Belly fat is an issue that has so many facets to it. Certain diseases can actually cause a person to develop belly fat. And PCOS is one of them. PCOS stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome, a disorder that affects around 6-10% of women who are of reproductive age. Diseases don’t just come from out of nowhere though, so let’s get into what PCOS is, how it causes belly fat, and what do do about it. 

PCOS is when someone has too many cysts on their ovaries. People who suffer from PCOS experience menstrual problems, unwanted hair growth, acne, belly fat and obesity, male pattern baldness, and/or infertility. A woman who has PCOS may experience only one of these symptoms or may experience several of them. To find out for sure you would need to visit your doctor and be evaluated for it. This is typically done with a pelvic exam, an ultrasound of the ovaries and/or a blood test to check hormone levels.

PCOS places women at a heightened risk of developing type II diabetes. In fact, more than half of women with PCOS develop type II diabetes by the time they are 40 years old. Thing is, this isn’t happening out of the blue, and it isn’t happening for no reason. You see, health is a spectrum, it isn’t like one day you’re totally healthy and then the next day you’re diagnosed with a disease. Every decision you make is leading you either toward health or away from health.

There are two parts of a diet that women with PCOS should stay away from: sugar and refined carbs. A diet that has too much sugar and refined carbohydrates has drastic consequences. Sugar and refined carbs cause our bodies to increase insulin to unhealthy levels, which over time leads to our bodies becoming resistant to insulin. Not only does this lead to diabetes, but sugar and refined carbs also reduce something called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, which is already low in women who have PCOS. The problem with sex hormone binding globulin being low is that sex hormone binding globulin is what helps women have a healthy hormonal balance and a healthy waist size. So over time with a diet high in sugar and refined carbs, the hormones begin to lose their balance, causing an increase in testosterone, leading to belly fat as well as a whole host of other issues that were mentioned before.

So what should you do about it? Well first of all, eliminate the cause. Remove sugar and refined carbs from your diet, try to eat food that is mainly unprocessed. Second, embrace the opposite of refined carbs, complex carbs. One thing that can help to supplement your diet is flaxseed meal, it’s been shown to reduce insulin as well as total body weight. This will help with the risk of diabetes as well as increasing your insulin sensitivity. Third, exercise, it’s been shown to help increase your sensitivity to insulin.

The purpose of Waist All Day is to help people see that the size of our waists are a reflection of our health. That there is something we can do about it, and that every decision we make either moves us toward better health or toward worse health. So ultimately it’s up to you. Do you want a life with PCOS or a life without it? You call the shots.

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/pcos.html

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/polycystic-ovary-syndrome- pcos

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/bf74/58836df03d2f744487709332199d5b18e957.pdf https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12937-020-0524-5 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071109171610.htm https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16295051 https://www.endocrine-abstracts.org/ea/0014/ea0014p234

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