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By November 12, 2020No Comments

Wait what? PCOS could be affected by insulin resistance?

As with most health issues, there are many possible underlying root causes. If illnesses only had one cause, we’d have that one unique solution for them all. And we wouldn’t have the health issues we do today. Unfortunately that is not the case. So insulin resistance is just one of many possible root causes.

So how does PCOS relate to insulin resistance❓
“PCOS at its core is a metabolic disease.  In fact, an insulin resistance problem where the insulin resistance is affecting the ovaries’ ability to convert testosterone into estrogens, because that’s what happens in the ovaries.  Insulin blocks that from happening. So the woman is never getting this big spike of estrogens which then means she cannot ovulate… which means she has infertility as a consequence.”
(Dr. Benjamin Bikman, Boost your Biology Podcast with Lucas Aoun)

What is PCOS❓
“Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. Women with PCOS have a hormonal imbalance and metabolism problems that may affect their overall health and appearance. PCOS is also a common and treatable cause of infertility.” (1)

What is a metabolic disorder❓
A metabolic disorder occurs when the metabolism process fails and causes the body to have either too much or too little of the essential substances needed to stay healthy. Diabetes is the most common metabolic disease.(2)

What is insulin resistance❓
Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t easily take up glucose from your blood. As a result, your pancreas makes more insulin to help glucose enter your cells (3).
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1. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/polycystic-ovary-syndrome
2. https://www.healthline.com/health/nutrition-metabolism-disorders#causes
3. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/what-is-diabetes/prediabetes-insulin-resistance

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