One of the underlying causes of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is
Insulin Resistance, a condition that increases the chances of
developing not only Diabetes but cardiovascular disease
as well. So it is critical that you understand the interaction
between Insulin Resistance and Diabetes in order to avoid developing
more serious health complications.
The human body processes food into energy by first converting food into
glucose, which is then passed into the cells by insulin, a
hormone produced in the pancreas. Diabetes is a disorder of that
metabolic prosess – a malfunction of the process that converts food to
energy. Individuals with Diabetes either cannot use the insulin that
is produced or the pancreas produces little or no insulin. When
the pancreas struggles to keep up with the body’s need for more
insulin, excessive levels of glucose and insulin can build up in the
bloodstream, leading directly to Diabetes.
PCOS (also known as Polycystic Ovarian Disease) has many of the
same underlying symptoms as Metabolic Syndrome: excessive
abdominal fat (although lean women can also have PCOS), high LDL
(bad) blood cholesterol levels, low HDL (good) cholesterol
levels, high levels of triglycerides, and high blood pressure –
all components of the development of Diabetes. Metabolic
Syndrome, which is also called Syndrome X, is a disorder that
substantially increases your chances of developing
When you are insulin resistant, your muscle, fat, and liver cells
do not use insulin properly. Because of the over-production of
insulin from the pancreas, many individuals with Insulin Resistance
have high levels of both glucose and insulin circulating
in their bloodstream at the same time.
It’s important to understand the distinction between Insulin
Resistance and Diabetes. Insulin Resistance occurs when the body
produces enough insulin, but the body's cells lack enough insulin
receptor sites to allow the absorption of insulin at a cellular
level. Diabetes occurs when the body either doesn’t produce
enough insulin or it can’t process the insulin that it does produce.
All of the factors associated with Insulin Resistance and PCOS
are interrelated. Obesity and lack of exercise worsen Insulin
Resistance, which then has a negative impact on lipid
production, increasing VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein), LDL
(low-density lipoprotein – the “bad” cholesterol) and
triglyceride levels in the bloodstream and decreasing HDL
(high-density lipoprotein – the “good” cholesterol).
Diabetes is widely recognized as one of the leading causes of
death and disability in the United States. In 2000 it was the
sixth leading cause of death and it has been associated with
long-term complications affecting almost every part of the body,
leading to blindness, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke,
kidney failure, amputations, and nerve damage.
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Obesity, especially abdominal obesity, is strongly related to
PCOS. Obese women are particularly susceptible to Diabetes. Diabetes, in turn, puts women at dramatically increased risk of
cardiovascular disease, as well as the development of other
serious health conditions, including stroke, kidney damage, and
Many patients have been educated about the importance of
checking their cholesterol levels, watching for signs of
Diabetes, having their blood pressure monitored, and exercising –
but there has been little to tie all of these factors together.
Studies have shown that a single solution will simply not work
in trying to address the myriad symptoms of these conditions.
Although no single pharmaceutical has yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specifically for Insulin Resistance
and PCOS, there are drugs approved for use in the treatment of
But a single pharmaceutical, or even a combination of them, will
not eradicate or reverse PCOS and Insulin Resistance. Insulite Health recommends a combination of Nutritional Supplements that are condition specific, a realistic exercise program, nutritional
guidance, a support system, and an easily accessible information source, all of which will help you change
unhealthy lifestyle choices if you wish to return to optimum
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