PCOS and Insulin Resistance: What’s Really Going on with Your Body

PCOS and Insulin Resistance: What’s Really Going on with Your Body

We all know about the side effects of PCOS which stem from hormonal imbalance, where androgen levels are significantly increased while other hormonal levels (such as progesterone) decrease. But what is the root cause of PCOS? What creates this hormonal imbalance, leading to all of the nasty symptoms?  

There is sufficient research that links insulin resistance with the imbalanced hormones that lead to polycystic ovarian syndrome.  Insulin resistance (believe me, I was no science major) is basically a condition where the cells in your body do not properly utilize glucose as it’s released, so the pancreas compensates by overproducing insulin. Once this happens, and glucose and insulin are free-floating in the body, your ovaries release an excess amount of androgens (male hormones), throwing the rest of your hormones out of balance and leaving you with the symptoms you’re experiencing. I know that was a mouth-full, but it’s important to understand what’s going on with your body so you can do something about it.

As androgen levels increase, we women with PCOS experience things like:

  • Irregular or absent menstrual cycle
  • Lack of ovulation and infertility
  • Acne, oily skin and skin tags
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Severe PMS
  • Fatigue and mood swings (even aggression)
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Weight gain and obesity
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Cravings for carbs, sugar and alcohol

 That’s just the beginning of the list, as I’m sure you’re aware. The point is that with all of these symptoms, what are we supposed to do about it? The great news is that you CAN do things to create a better “response” to glucose and insulin in your body, thereby creating a harmonious balance in your hormonal levels.

Many of the things you can do get healthy and take the “PCOS bull by the horns,” include:  

  • Exercise– don’t take this one for granted! Exercise makes a HUGE difference in blood glucose and insulin levels.
  • Eating whole foods– nutrition has a tremendous effect on your health, be it positive or negative. Choose whole, healthy foods to nourish your body.
  • Breathing and meditation– this isn’t a religion; it’s a practice of self-care. When you breath fully and take time to meditate, you can decrease blood pressure and create stable moods.
  • Supplementation  – herbs and high-quality supplements can increase a cellular response to insulin being produced (re: your ticket to hormonal balance).
  • Proper rest– don’t underestimate the power of sleep. It helps restore your body and regenerate cells.

You can begin anywhere on the above list, adding one, maybe two things to your daily schedule, and adding a new one each week.  Before you know it, you’ll be doing so many healthy things that are making you feel better, look better and restore your body from the inside out.

It’s up to you to take care of your body, don’t put the responsibility on others.  Do what you know will work, and give your best. Your health is your most precious asset; so take good care of it!

Wondering how you get diagnosed with insulin resistance? According to the Advanced Fertility Center of Texas, “Insulin resistance is diagnosed if the glucose to insulin ratio is greater than 4.5, if the 2 hour glucose tolerance test is greater than 140, or if fasting insulin is greater than 10.”

The best way to address this link with PCOS and insulin resistance  is to make sure your lifestyle supports a healthy response to insulin and blood glucose.

If you’re looking for a natural solution to overcome PCOS, check out the natural supplements I take to reverse my PCOS symptoms at pcos.com.

Insulite Health, a Boulder, Colorado USA based company, is committed to reversing Insulin Resistance – a potentially dangerous imbalance of blood glucose and insulin. Scientific research has revealed that this disorder can be a primary cause of many devastating health symptoms. Insulin Resistance can also underlie the increased risk factors for PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) – a major source of serious diseases as well as cause of excess weight gain, obesity and heartbreaking female infertility.

©Insulite Health, Inc., pcos.com empowers women with PCOS to transform their lives through a process of healing with their PCOS 5-Element System — the worlds only complete solution for helping women heal from the symptoms of PCOS and hormone imbalance.

 

Still wondering if the symptoms you are suffering with could be PCOS? Click the link below to take the PCOS Quiz and get your PCOS score!

Next Steps

Becoming victorious over the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is not an easy task, but you can overcome your symptoms to live the life you deserve.

It takes strength, courage, and perseverance. It can be challenging and that’s why Insulite Health created the PCOS 5-Element System. It’s a step-by-step process that will help you balance your hormones and reverse PCOS symptoms using our proprietary 5% Solution.

So take the next steps now! Use the links below to learn how to make the changes that will transform your health and your life forever.

  1. Read more about PCOS
  2. Take the PCOS Test and assess your risk!
  3. Learn more about the Insulite 5-Element PCOS Solution

About Insulite Health PCOS.com

Insulite Health, is committed to helping women reverse their symptoms of hormone imbalance. Scientific research has revealed that this imbalance can be a primary cause of many devastating health symptoms. Hormone Imbalance can also underlie the increased risk factors for PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) – a major source of serious diseases as well as cause of excess weight gain, adult acne, unwanted facial hair, depression, anxiety, and heartbreaking female infertility.

©Insulite Health, Inc., pcos.com empowers women with PCOS to transform their lives through a process of healing with the 5-Element PCOS System — the world’s only complete solution for helping women heal from the symptoms of PCOS and hormone imbalance.

Robin Nielsen

Chief Wellness Officer at Insulite Health, LLC
Robin is an Integrative Clinical Nutritionist, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition. She comes to Insulite Health with a passion for helping women live vibrant, passionate lives. Robin had her own struggles with health. As a teenager she suffered from digestive disorders, weight, acne and hypoglycemia. As an adult she continued to struggle with balancing blood sugar, adult acne, mood swings, weight gain, arthritic conditions in her hands and chronic inflammation. Robin understands first hand how symptoms of poor health can keep us from living the life we dreamed of.

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Robin is an Integrative Clinical Nutritionist, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition. She comes to Insulite Health with a passion for helping women live vibrant, passionate lives. Robin had her own struggles with health. As a teenager she suffered from digestive disorders, weight, acne and hypoglycemia. As an adult she continued to struggle with balancing blood sugar, adult acne, mood swings, weight gain, arthritic conditions in her hands and chronic inflammation. Robin understands first hand how symptoms of poor health can keep us from living the life we dreamed of.

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