How to Lose Weight for a Women with PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome)? Should Diet Pills Be Given To Women With PCOS?
Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome can affect one in every ten women in the United Kingdom, being one of the most common fertility problems in women of which there is no cure.
The most common side effects of Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (also known as PCOS) include obesity, rapid hair growth, acne and a tendency to develop type two diabetes. As such, diet pills are often given to women with PCOS.
PCOS is a hormonal imbalance originating on the ovaries and is connected to the pituitary gland. In its simplest terms, PCOs occurs when the brain fails to send the signals to the ovaries to produce the necessary levels of hormones to release the eggs. In women with PCOS, when the eggs are not released during ovulation, the follicles turn into sacks filled with fluid and develop into cysts. These cysts can burst and cause a lot of pain when they do.
Weight gain is often one of the biggest heartaches for women with PCOS. Weight gain occurs due to the imbalance of insulin which is produced in the body. Normally, the body can process the amount of sugar and starches in the body and transform it into energy for the body to use. With PCOS, however, it is incredibly hard to process the sugars and starches, allowing sugar and glucose to build up within the blood.
This is known as insulin resistance and causes the body to store fat. In addition, this high level of insulin can trigger high amounts of male hormones known as androgens which can cause obesity, acne and irregular periods. Many women with PCOS will find that a lot of fat is stored in the abdomen area where men generally will carry their excess weight.
Many women with PCOS will have an apple shape rather than a pear body shape.
The fat stored around the stomach area can cause a lot of emotional and physical problems. It can be upsetting to have a big belly and try everything to get rid of it but not have it go. Another big problem is the fat around the abdomen is quite dangerous. The more fat in this area, the more at risk you are for heart disease and other precarious issues. Although it has not been proven, some medical experts believe that weight gain with PCOS also leads to irregular periods and acne.
There are many risks to deal with regarding weight gain in connection with PCOS, with many experts in the medical fields debating as to whether diet pills should be given to women with this condition.
Losing weight is incredibly difficult when you have PCOS – just ask any woman who has tried to when diagnosed with this syndrome. However, losing weight is considered one of the best ways to treat PCOS. Losing up to 10% of your body weight can help regulate your cycles, allowing your body to naturally ovulate without assistance from drugs such as Metformin or Chlomid. Losing weight can help lower your risk of developing type two diabetes and heart disease.
When trying to lose weight, many women will take a trip to their local doctor where they will be weighed and have their body max index (BMI) taken. Metformin is a drug designed to treat insulin resistance and is very popular with doctors treating PCOS. It helps the body break down the sugars and starches digested, allowing the body to use it more efficiently. Many women can lose weight with this drug, but there are other options that can be taken.
A weight loss drug called Orlisat is extremely popular with patients. It blocks the absorption of the fat consumed, thus allowing the patient to lose weight. However, the debate about whether diet pills will be given to women with PCOS is being hotly debated. Some people have claimed that patients with PCOS should not be given it as it costs millions of pounds each year to treat an incurable syndrome. Instead, patients should continue on a healthy diet and exercise routine.
The sad fact is that diet pills can be incredibly beneficial with women with PCOS who are trying to lose weight in order to conceive or even just to manage the other side effects that come with having this condition. Diet pills help with the battle against PCOS, one which continues on a daily basis.
Marc Dressen, MSc
Personal Trainer in London
Picture: Courtesy of mayoclinic.org / Copyright 2014 PCOS Challenge, Inc.
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