Weight is one of the most emotionally charged topic known to man (or more accurately “woman”). We all know being significantly overweight can impair our health, but it can also impair our fertility. We talked about exactly how weight affects fertility and the chances of success with infertility treatment on yesterday’s Creating a Family show.
Does Being Overweight Cause PCOS
Being overweight and having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) often go hat in hand. In the past some believed that obesity could cause PCOS, but according to Dr. Allison Styne on yesterday’s Creating a Family show, while we don`t know the cause of PCOS, doctors no longer think it is caused by a high Body Mass Index (BMI).
Does PCOS Make it Harder to Lose Weight
While excess weight doesn’t cause PCOS, PCOS can certainly make it harder to lose weight. Women with PCOS are often frustrated at how much harder it is for them to lose weight than for their friends who don’t have this syndrome. Dr. Styne cited research that showed a diet low in overall carbohydrates (with the carbs you eat focused on complex carbs such as fruits, vegetable, and whole grains) and high in protein was the most effective to help women with PCOS lose weight. She also stressed that some exercise was crucial.
If you’ve struggled with your weight and PCOS, what has worked for you?
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