Women experience a lot of changes in their body throughout life, starting from puberty and ending with menopause, they go through physical and emotional changes and these changes cannot be avoided. The body evolves, changes, transforms – all due to various factors like age, hormone levels, childbearing and so on. These changes are different and unique in every woman and there are no two women that are the same.
Do you know someone who’s dealing with PCOS, polycystic ovary syndrome? This condition is quite common and it affects about 20% of the female population. The symptoms can be quite serious and dangerous which is why we need to be extra careful and pay close attention to the changes our bodies go through.
If you’re suffering from PCOS or you suspect you might be dealing with this condition first you need to consult with your doctor and determine for sure. Don’t be alarmed because there are easy ways to control the situation and improve your condition, but only if you pay close attention.
What is PCOS?
Let’s see first how exactly this condition is defined. Polycystic ovary syndrome is an endocrine condition which happens as a result of an increased level of androgens, or male hormones, in women.
There could be a number of factors which contribute to the onset of this condition, from genetic to environmental and the symptoms can be wide-ranged and varying from one individual to another. That’s why it’s so difficult for doctors to diagnose it correctly and in due time.
Some recent research reveals that this condition may be related to insulin, since it was determined that PCOS commonly affects women with high insulin levels. Statistics show that around 20% of the female population is affected with PCOS, mostly individuals between 18 and 44 years of age, depending on which symptoms are used to define it.
The condition could increase your risk of certain conditions like heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, and even some types of cancer.
If you were wondering what are the symptoms of PCOS, here are the most common ones:
– Acne, oily skin, and dandruff
– Irregular menstruation
– Weight gain
– Difficulty conceiving
– Excessive body hair
What’s the best course of action when dealing with PCOS?
– Regular physical activity
– Healthy dietary regime
– Increase the intake of magnesium
– Consult with your doctor and/or therapist