The Weight Effects of PCOS

The weight effects of PCOS or Polycystic ovary syndrome are many. These symptoms are dangerous if they are not diagnosed properly. PCOS is a common condition in women: 1 in every 10 women develop this condition. Doctors do not know the exact causes of this syndrome. However, it is believed that it has a genetic link. This health condition causes hormonal changes and spikes the androgen level on a woman’s body.

Insulin Resistance

PCOS affects gain weight because it causes women to be resistant to insulin. Insulin is what your body uses to process the sugar that is found in your bloodstream. This process is used to create energy. Food and drinks have carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are converted into glucose and then insulin helps process the glucose into energy.

When you exercise, fat is being burned and that causes the glucose to be used as energy. However, PCOS hampers  the insulin from properly processing glucose and all that energy is stored in the fat of the human body. If a woman has PCOS the weight is not lost even when she diets or exercises. This is because the condition does not allow the insulin to process glucose.

Increase in Androgen

Female hormones are the ones that cause the growth of breasts, the flow of maternal milk and the growth of hips in women. These hormones are also responsible for ovulation and a woman’s monthly cycle. The flow of breast milk and the growth of the hips are a sign of sexual maturity. These changes mark the beginning of the reproductive period of a woman’s life. However, the androgen increase hampers this process, and this gives women male features.

Women with PCOS might develop excessive muscle tissue as in the case of broad shoulders. Muscle tissue weights more than fat tissue. Many women are thought to have a weight problem because of this. However, the weight gained is muscle tissue not fat. If you have PCOS, you might find that even if you work out you cannot lose weight. PCOS shoots up the androgen level in your body causing your body mass to be heavier.

Storage of Fat

Your genetic foot print is also affected by history. The human body has been able to adapt during times of famine in history. Some genes were adapted to store fat in times where there is food in order to release it during a famine. The problem is that the fat that was stored for a famine is never used. Some women who have PCOS have this gene. It is hard to lose the weight when your body amasses huge quantities of fat.

The weight effects of PCOS are high resistance to insulin, which leads women to gain weight. Another effect is the hormonal imbalance that this causes. If you think you have these symptoms consult a physician and make sure to get a second opinion from another physician.


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