PCOS and Obesity – A disaster for women in their reproductive years
PCOS is a major reproductive problem for women in the world. The combination of PCOS and obesity make it much worse.
In the United States studies show that 40-80% of women with PCOS are overweight or obese. In other countries it is less, making many believe lifestyle plays a role. With 7% of women diagnosed with PCOS, this is becoming an increasing problem.
For many, the question arises, which came first the obesity or the PCOS (for the purpose of this article you can exchange the word obesity for overweight)? The truth is, the question is irrelevant. Weight can be lost for those with PCOS. It might be harder, but it is doable. And for many losing weight will alleviate many PCOS symptoms.
I almost didn’t have GrandChildren Because of PCOS and Obesity
My own daughter was unable to conceive for eight years because of her PCOS and obesity. At the time she was 45 lbs overweight putting her into an obese category. Thankfully, after following my weight loss lead and adding more fruits to her diet and cutting out processed foods, she was able to lose the weight and within a year conceive naturally. When we returned to her infertility doctor I noticed every woman who walked through the waiting room door was overweight or obese so I asked her doctor. “Do you think her weight loss is why she was able to conceive?” The doctor looked at me as if I had spoken some arcane secret then said rather passively, “We’ve seen it before.”
That was ten years ago. I am hopeful doctors are starting to realize this fact and are prompting women to lose weight as part of their infertility treatment.
A Cleaner Diet Can Help Alleviate PCOS Symptoms
While some are genetically susceptible to PCOS, like all genetically susceptible illnesses, we can increase our odds of getting it with improper choices to our lifestyle and food choices. Excess weight can be a significant factor and should be dealt with by anyone who deals with PCOS and obesity.
If you are not able to conceive and are one of so many who has PCOS and obesity then losing weight should be your first step and losing that weight with a clean diet should be your first choice. Hormones are regulated by your liver. A typical standard American diet (SAD) clogs the liver and keeps your body from being balanced. Eat a diet high in low glycemic fruits and veggies and give your liver a chance to clean itself out so it can do its job properly.
At RFBC we have noticed a big change to women’s menstrual cycles. It doesn’t happen overnight but over months. Bloating lessens, cramps and even menstrual time lessens. And we do lay claim to a few extra children in the world by the hormonal shifts seen because of how cleansing our diet is.
Insulin Resistance and PCOS
Insulin resistance, something our diets at Raw Food Boot Camp seem to combat with great success, is prevalent in women with PCOS regardless of their weight. According to research, PCOS is associated with defects in insulin sensitivity and secretion that are further exacerbated by obesity. Meaning, the higher a BMI of a woman with PCOS the higher her chances for increased insulin resistance and type 2 Diabetes.
Reproductive disturbances are more common in obese women regardless of the diagnosis of PCOS. But, studies show, Obese women are more likely to have menstrual irregularity and non-ovulating infertility than normal-weight women. In reproductive-age women, the relative risk of non-ovulating infertility (what my daughter had) increases as their BMI increases. According to research, weight reduction can restore regular menstrual cycles in these women.
Body Shape Plays a Role for Women Plagued by PCOS and Obesity
PCOS women tend to be more apple-shaped (upper body obese) versus pear-shaped (lower body obese) and it has been shown that women who are upper body obese are more prone to insulin resistance, heart disease and diabetes.
In summary, PCOS and obesity is not a healthy combination. Our diets at Raw Food Boot Camp are low glycemic so they get us around the metabolic issues of insulin resistance and let us lose the weight. By losing the weight our bodies are more equipped to balance themselves up so they can naturally help combat PCOS.
We have seen amazing results at RFBC for women with PCOS, the references and studies cited below just confirm what we learned from doing our diets and walking over the past twelve plus years. Remeber though, there is never a guarantee of a cure for anything, but losing weight and getting healthy certainly is worth trying before embarking on years worth of infertility treatment.
After about the 5th year of working with an infertility doctor, my daughter was so depressed and hurt about not being able to conceive we were not allowed to bring it up in conversation. In the end, dieting and weight loss did what no doctor or injection could. That alone makes me believe anyone with PCOS and obesity must first work on the obesity. Even if losing the weight doesn’t restore fertility. Face it, being obese is unhealthy in so many other ways that are no downsides to beating obesity.
Raw Food Boot Camp Diets can Help Women with PCOS and Obesity
Our diets are low fat, low sodium and low sugar, therefore, they are perfect for women with PCOS. Our usage of low glycemic fruits circumvent the weight loss issues associated with insulin resistance, allowing our women beset with PCOS and obesity to shed their fat suit while cleansing their body and helping to restore hormonal balance. Raw Food Boot Camp is designed to teach obese women how to change their relationship with food so once the weight is gone, it’s gone for good.
If you suffer from PCOS and obesity, don’t accept infertility, heart disease, and diabetes as insurmountable. Join Raw Food Boot Camp, lose the weight and get healthy.
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- Insulin action in the polycystic ovary syndrome.
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- Prevalence and predictors of risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose tolerance in polycystic ovary syndrome: a prospective, controlled study in 254 affected women.
J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1999 Jan; 84(1):165-9.
- Physical activity, body mass index, and ovulatory disorder infertility.
Epidemiology. 2002 Mar; 13(2):184-90.
- Body fat distribution in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
Obstet Gynecol. 1995 Oct; 86(4 Pt 1):516-9.