It’s no secret that women with polycystic ovarian syndrome often have difficulty conceiving a child. For the 10 percent of women affected by the disorder, there’s hope through treatments available at Neway, a New York fertility clinic.
But did you know the condition can also impact a woman’s overall health? According to an article in the Seattle Times, Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) significantly increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and other serious diseases like cancer. The threat to a woman’s overall health is so great, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has dubbed the condition a major public-health issue for women.
PCOS involves the overproduction of testosterone and other male hormones called androgens in a woman’s body. The condition causes numerous tiny cysts (polycysts) to surround the ovaries. These hormone imbalances also interfere with a woman’s monthly ovulation cycle, causing her to miss periods and leading to infertility.
Here’s a look at some of the ways PCOS can impact a woman’s health:
- PCOS makes the body resistant to insulin, so women have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and about 30 to 40 percent already have pre-diabetes.
- Insulin resistance paired with higher levels of “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides and lower levels of “good” (HDL) cholesterol, women with PCOS are four to seven times more likely to have a heart attack.
- Women with PCOS miss a lot of periods so they don’t regularly shed the endometrium or the lining of the their uterus. This can increase a woman’s chances of developing endometrial cancer.
- Since women who are insulin resistant often crave carbohydrates, they may eat carbs even when they’ve just eaten. This can cause her to gain weight around her waist, which exacerbates health risks and negatively impacts self esteem and body image.
While there’s no exact cause of PCOS, the condition may have a genetic link, meaning it runs in families. Medications from fertility clinics in New York City. can help alleviate the side effects of PCOS, including infertility. Additionally, a healthy diet and regular exercise can help lower insulin and androgen levels which could prompt ovulation.
If you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS or suspect you might have it, eat a diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, fruits, beans, healthful fats and lean meats. You should also attempt to exercise for 30 minutes a day and reduce the amount of time in sedentary activities like watching television or using a computer or tablet.
To learn more about PCOS and how it impacts your fertility, contact Neway, a fertility clinic NYC. We have years of experience helping woman with PCOS achieve their dream of having a child.