I have had quite a few cases of women with obesity , PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and thyroid concerns and I would like to share the connection between these three conditions today.
There are some studies that show polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can trigger Hashimoto’s disease. PCOS is the most common female hormone disorder in United States and in India. I to0 struggle with my PCOS and insulin resistance.
In the United States, it affects 4 to 10% of menstruating women and the most common cause of infertility. PCOS symptoms include the inability to lose weight, hair loss, fatigue after meals, hormone imbalances, and sugar cravings. On blood chemistry tests, it is defines by insulin resistance where the fasting glucose is over 100, and there is an increase in triglycerides and cholesterol.
Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body’s cells become resistant to insulin due to high carbohydrate diet and may lead to excess testosterone production and PCOS. As testosterone levels rise, the cells become further resistant to insulin , which in turn promotes testosterone elevations , thus creating a vicious cycle. In the meantime, insulin resistance also promotes inflammation and immune system problems, both of which predispose the person to autoimmune disease. Its the combination of all these factors that can trigger Hashimoto’s.
A low glycemic , anti-inflammatory diet, identifying your food sensitivities along with physical activity helps in the management insulin resistance, weight loss and calming down your inflammation.
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