You may have read about PCOS;….it’s the acronym for the term Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Basically, PCOS is an endocrine condition that surfaces in 1 out of 10 women that prompts hormonal imbalance that can cause irregular periods, weight gain, unwanted hair growth on the face, hair loss on the head, acne, symptoms of PMS and…if untreated…can eventually lead to infertility and type 2 diabetes.
Among the hormones that are imbalanced with PCOS are the sex hormones and the fat gain hormone: INSULIN.
Normally, the ovaries make a small amount of male sex hormones (androgens). In women with PCOS, the ovaries over produce androgens and this may lead to the cessation of ovulation, stubborn acne, excess hair growth on the face and body, hypertension, blood glucose fluctuation, elevated cholesterol, inability to become and stay pregnant.
Excess insulin causes blood glucose to swing leading to fatigue, melancholy, carb cravings, inability to focus and concentrate, and weight gain around the middle (muffin top, belly fat, back fat), inability to lose weight, decreased self esteem, anxiety, and depression. If insulin excess is not controlled, insulin resistance develops that can eventually lead to pre- diabetes and then type 2 diabetes.
PCOS gets its name because the ovaries in women with PCOS may have small cysts on the ovaries that cause hormonal imbalance. The diagnosis is made based on symptoms, a physical exam, and lab tests of hormonal levels.
Treatment involves: Weight loss (more later), exercise, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and normalizing blood glucose. The doctor may prescribe birth control pills to regulate periods. Sometimes an androgen-lowering medication called spironolactone is prescribed along with birth control pills. Another medication commonly prescribed is the “diabetes” medicine; metformin. Metformin can help decrease the liver’s natural release of glycogen (glycogen raises blood glucose), insulin release, insulin resistance, regulate menstrual cycles, and improve fertility.
It is very important for women with PCOS to lose excess fat.A low calorie, low fat program is NEVER the answer when PCOS is the problem.
Low calorie traditional diets may be low calorie (Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutri-System, and physician prescribed very low calorie diets) but are high in the one nutrient that stimulates insulin production; carbohydrate.
The general public does not yet realize that PCOS is a medical condition that occurs when a woman has uncontrolled Metabolism B (excess insulin production and insulin resistance) and CARBOHYDRATE is the only macro-nutrient that causes insulin levels to rise.
Without this knowledge, women with PCOS may spend years with irregular periods, increasingly heavy periods, extreme cramps, PMS, abnormal reproductive hormonal levels, diagnosed with infertility, have abnormal hair growth, midline fat deposits, elevated cholesterol, later in life are prone to pre diabetes and type 2 diabetes. I think this is an interesting read for both men and women because almost everyone knows a woman who suffers from PCOS.
I feel that one of the problems with US medicine is that medical research is always searching for the “medicine” to “treat” a medical condition, 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?
A root problem for women 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, triglycerides, and fatty liver disease.
Insulin determines 24/7 blood glucose levels. Excess insulin causes blood glucose to roller-coaster 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 often prescribed for PCOS (Metformin) 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!
Interesting, isn’t it? Recap:
●The root of metabolic syndrome (and PCOS) is excess insulin release and resultant insulin resistance.
●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. Fatty deposits also infiltrate the liver and accumulate between abdominal organs.
●Excess insulin causes blood glucose 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.
●If the pancreas continues to over-release insulin throughout a woman’s life, she will develop metabolic syndrome: high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
The solution to this syndrome is not in taking medications that “band-aid” the underlying problem. The answer is in a lifestyle change…to live the lifestyle (diet/exercise) that match your metabolism. Women with PCOS must realize that they DO have uncontrolled Metabolism B and a 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, overweight, obesity 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!
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Finally, ALL WOMEN WITH PCOS HAVE A DIET AND LIFESTYLE PROGRAM THAT WORKS! I’m here for you and wish you all the best because you deserve it! Diane Kress, RD CDE ( a person who has struggled with PCOS, Met B, gestational diabetes, pre diabetes, and type 2 diabetes. I’m also the researcher, developer, and founder of The Metabolism Miracle!