About 5-10 percent of all women come across polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in their reproductive age.
It is estimated that polycystic ovary syndrome strikes one out of every ten young women.
The Relation Between Polycystic Ovary Syndrome And Diabetes
Women having polycystic ovary syndrome is at greater risk of developing type II diabetes. The basic relation between polycystic ovary syndrome and diabetes II is insulin resistance.
Insulin is a hormone produced by the cells of the pancreas to control blood sugar levels in the blood when the glucose (blood sugar) levels in the body increases.
The insulin regulates the glucose levels by moving into the blood and helping the blood’s glucose to enter into the cells in the body and use it as energy. Insulin also promotes the storage of body fuels in the fat cells as saturated fat and prevents it from burning.
However, over time the body cells stop reacting to the signals of insulin to keep away from the toxic effects of high insulin and become insulin resistant. With this, the blood sugar levels in the body raises and the pancreas releases more and more insulin to normalize the blood sugar levels in the body.
Insulin resistance normally develops with insufficient production of insulin by the pancreas or when the body cells oppose insulin and builds up sugar levels in the blood. With insulin resistance, there will be increased need of more and more insulin.
By producing greater levels of insulin, the cells of pancreas eventually become inactive and may even die. As a result, the insulin levels drops and blood glucose levels raise developing diabetes in polycystic ovary syndrome sufferers.
How To Prevent The Risk Of Diabetes In Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
The risk of developing diabetes II in women with polycystic ovary syndrome can be prevented by enhancing the insulin resistance and by diminishing huge production of insulin by the cells of pancreas.
Insulin resistance in women with PCOS can be improved more easily through a healthy insulin resistance diet and exercise. However, before planning to commence dietary changes and exercise regimen, check with the doctor to know the glucose and insulin levels in the blood.
A careful observation on diet contents and diet portion is essential to reduce the insulin levels in the blood as well as insulin production by the pancreas.
A balanced diet consisting low grain, low fat, low salt and no sugar foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat will effectively increase the ability of the body to control the blood’s insulin levels. Essential fatty acids such as avocados and cold-water fish (salmon) are also to be included in an insulin-resistance diet.
It is more effective when followed by an exercise regimen with low intense activities. Walking, jogging, or running is great to reduce insulin production. Working out more than thirty minutes a day for about five days a week help regulate hormone production in the body.
Also, increase your activity levels gradually to the extent your body accepts. Eventually, start following weight training exercises to improve body muscles.
Although adopting healthy diet and exercise regimen reduce the risk of developing diabetes II in PCOS sufferers, a regular doctor checkup is essential!