You may be surprised to know at least one in ten women of reproductive age suffer from PCOS.1 Next time you are at a function, on the bus, or walking around the supermarket, look around. I can guarantee you are not alone in your struggle.
Most effected women you walk by will not know what causes their condition either. They are probably as frustrated as you are. And if you don’t know the cause, you cannot possibly find the answer.
PCOS does not simply affect your ovaries, as the name might imply. PCOS affects your hormones, growth, mood, energy, your whole body. If not addressed, it also predisposes you to a plethora of chronic dis-eases like type II diabetes2,3, obesity4, heart dis-ease4, high blood pressure4, cancer5 and more.
So, what really causes PCOS?
There are two drivers which stand out in the development and exacerbation of PCOS:
Insulin resistance is a condition where our cells may not correctly recognize, or use, the hormone insulin secreted by our pancreas. It is a hormone that manages the metabolism of sugars or carbohydrates in our body, amongst other duties.
Studies show that insulin resistance is due to faulty diet, lifestyle, excessive stress and toxic overload. Insulin resistance is a most integral part of having PCOS. 44 to 70% women with PCOS suffer from insulin resistance irrespective of whether they are overweight, their ideal weight or thin. However women who are obese have an increased risk of developing insulin resistance.