If you suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS as it is more commonly known, then you probably struggle with being overweight.

You may have wondered how a problem with something as small as your ovaries can affect your entire body.

The answer lies in insulin. PCOS comes hand in hand with insulin resistance, so much so in fact that hyperinsulinemia, or having excessive levels of insulin in the blood, is one of the diagnostic hallmarks of PCOS.

When you eat food, your body releases insulin to allow that food to be stored as energy. Insulin is the hormonal key that unlocks the door to the cell’s energy storage capability.insulin resistance1

When you have PCOS, your cells do not respond well to the insulin your body produces. This is called insulin resistance.

When your cells don’t respond to insulin, your body produces more insulin, much like when you knock on a door and no one answers, you knock again louder and more insistently. All this extra insulin in your system does two things.

First, it makes the cells even more stubborn and unlikely to respond, and secondly, it wears out the body’s insulin producing organ, the pancreas. When you can no longer produce insulin, you become

One of the keys to managing PCOS and insulin resistance, as well as preventing diabetes that can be a consequence of PCOS, is lowering blood insulin levels. This is chiefly accomplished in two ways.

First, there are medications, such as Metformin, which can make your body’s cells more sensitive to the insulin you produce.

Secondly, you can choose foods, lean proteins and lower carbohydrate fruits and vegetables specifically, that do not cause your body to produce as much insulin in the first place.