The following is an entry I added to the PCOS Challenge site to make public aware of the root cause of PCOS. The general public does not yet realize that PCOS is a medical condition with a root cause of uncontrolled Metabolism B. Without this knowledge, these women spend years with irregular periods, increasingly heavy periods, extreme cramps, PMS, abnormal reproductive hormonal levels, may be diagnosed with infertility, have abnormal hair growth, midline fat deposits, elevated cholesterol, later in life are prone to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. I think this is an interesting read for both men and women….almost everyone knows a woman who suffers from PCOS…read on!
I feel that one of the problems with US medicine is that we are always searching for the “medicine” to “treat” a condtion, syndrome, or disease. Wouldn’t it make more sense and simplify the solution is we looked to the root cause of the problem and worked at the “root level” instead of treating and medicating the end result?
The root problem for every woman with PCOS is hyperinsulinism. Did you know that insulin is a fat gain hormone? If a person releases excess insulin 24 hours/day…they will form more fat on and in their body. Excess insulin will cause the woman with PCOS to gain weight over and above what they eat calorically, amass midline fat deposits, and eventually suffer with elevated cholesterol and triglycerides.
Insulin determines 24/7 blood sugar levels. Excess insulin causes blood sugar to vascillate all day/night with peaks and valleys causing hunger and carb cravings, depression, fatigue, anxiety, poor sleep, irritability, brain fog, racing thoughts, inability to focus and concentrate, low libido, blurry vision, aches/pains.
As a main hormone in the endocrine system, when excess insulin is released…it throws off the balance of many other hormones of the endocrine system…including the hormones of reproduction. Estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, LH, FSH are all hormones of the endocrine system. When insulin is “off”, it is very common for these hormones to be “off.”
Excess insulin causes fat cells to grow and insulin receptors to “stretch.” In time, stretched insulin receptors will not allow insulin to connect. This is insulin resistance! isn’t it ironic that the drug used for PCOS is a drug originally developed for diabetes? That is because those with PCOS who do not treat their insulin problem are on the fast track to diabetes!
PCOS is often a precursor to prediabetes which is a precursor to irreversible type 2 diabetes!
Interesting, isn’t it? Recap:
+++Women with PCOS were born with the gene for metabolic syndrome (for ease, I call this Met B).
+++The root of metabolic syndrome (and PCOS) is excess insulin release.
+++Insulin is a fat gain hormone
+++Excess insulin causes fat gain “on” and “in” the body
+++Women with excess insulin get fat (especially around the middle where the insulin is released from the pancreas) and eventually in their blood : in the form of rising cholesterol and triglycerides.
+++Excess insulin causes blood sugar fluctuations that cause 24/7 symptoms including: hunger and carb cravings, depression, fatigue, anxiety, poor sleep, irritability, brain fog, racing thoughts, inability to focus and concentrate, low libido, blurry vision, aches/pains.
++++Excess insulin causes fat cells to grown and insulin receptors to become misshapen, this is the actual cause of insulin resistance in women with PCOS.
+++The #1 drug used to “treat” PCOS is metformin or glucophage, a medicine initially developed for type 2 diabetes!!! Metformin does not directly slow insulin production
+++If the pancreas continues to over-release insulin throughout a woman’s life, she will absolutely develop metabolic syndrome: high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
The answer to this dilemma is not in a medicine. It is in a lifestyle change. Women with PCOS must realize that they DO have uncontrolled Metabolism B and the root cause of their problem is in insulin over-release.
A calorie counting diet (low calorie, exercise, low cholesterol, low fat) does not address insulin and will never work to help PCOS.
The diet method that works for PCOS, metabolic syndrome, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia is the diet that gets the root of all of these problems…excess insulin must be stopped and the pancreas must be rested ASAP.
The lifestyle program that absolutely controls insulin release and begins immediately to regulate PCOS is The Metabolism Miracle! Pass it forward! Diane Kress