How PCOS Impacts Your Weight and What You Can Do About It

Women with PCOS often struggle with their weight because they have higher levels of male hormones and their bodies are less sensitive to insulin. But there are certain lifestyle changes and treatment options available to help you maintain a healthy weight and effectively treat your PCOS. 

Dr. Kausel  provides a variety of treatment options at her practice — Ana Maria Kausel MD Endocrinology in Chelsea, New York City — to help her patients achieve optimal health.   

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

PCOS affects a woman’s ovulation cycle and is a top cause of infertility issues. Symptoms can include irregular periods, including absent or abnormally painful periods, excessive body hair, and acne on the face, neck, or back. Learn more about PCOS symptoms here

What causes PCOS?

The precise cause of PCOS has not been identified. Yet hereditary factors seem to play a part in a woman’s susceptibility. Also, if a woman has insulin resistance or Type 2 diabetes, she is more prone to developing PCOS.  

Why does PCOS cause weight gain? 

When a woman has PCOS, her body has more difficulty using insulin. Insulin is important in converting the sugar and starches present in foods into energy. As a result, this unconverted sugar can accumulate in the blood, and high amounts of insulin can trigger and accelerate androgens, which,in excessive amounts, can induce weight gain. 

What can I do to lose weight if I have PCOS? 

Losing just 10% of your body weight could help you gain relief from PCOS. If you have PCOS, follow these healthy habits to help you manage your weight and optimize your health. 

Eat well

A diet rich in fiber and low in sugar will help stabilize your blood sugar levels. Eating small meals throughout the day—four to six—will help to further safeguard your blood sugar levels. Include lean proteins, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lower-sugar fruits, such as berries and apples.

Exercise

Do some kind of exercise that you enjoy, such as walking, cycling, or swimming, for at least 30 minutes a day. 

Have regular checkups

Come in to see Dr. Kausel on a regular schedule so she can monitor your cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels. 

In addition to these tips on healthy lifestyle choices, Dr. Kausel offers a variety of treatment options for women afflicted with PCOS. Call the office today or make an appointment by clicking the “book online” button to learn about treatment options for PCOS. 

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