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PCOS – Weight Loss-Based Treatment

For years most women at some point have to contend with weight gain. Losing weight can become a constant struggle for women suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, majorly known as PCOS.

The most common hormonal disorder in women of childbearing age is PCOS which leads to infertility. The male hormones are higher in women who have PCOS which causes insulin resistance.


Being overweight or obese is very common in PCOS women as a result, these women are at a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, and uterine cancer. If you suffer from PCOS, a few changes in your style of life can help you shed pounds and reduce the severity of the disease.

Causes of weight gain during polycystic ovary syndrome?

Using insulin hormones is much more difficult for people with PCOS than ordinary people. Insulin hormone helps convert sugars and starches from foods and generate energy. Not being able to produce energy from sugar and starch is called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance causes glucose to build up in our bloodstream.


Due to high insulin levels, our body produces more androgens, a male hormone. High androgen levels in your body lead to body hair growth, acne, irregular periods and weight gain. Weight gain triggered by male hormones is generally visible in the abdomen area, which is where men tend to carry weight. Women with PCOS have more of an apple shape rather than of a pear shape. Fat in the abdominal area is the most dangerous fat of all fats, as it is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and other health conditions.

Risks associated with PCOS-related weight gain?

Whatever the cause may be of your weight gain. Weight gain is detrimental to your health. PCOS women  are more prone to develop  issues associated with weight gain and insulin resistance, such as

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Infertility
  • Endometrial cancer

These conditions can lead to many heart diseases. According to experts, PCOS symptoms are triggered due to weight gain.

Losing weight with polycystic ovary syndrome not only

Losing excess weight not only reduces the risk of many diseases. It also makes you feel more confident. Losing just 10% of your weight can get your periods back to normal and relieve some of the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome. Moreover, it can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other PCOS complications.

Consult your doctor to lose weight. Your healthcare provider will weigh you and check your waist size and body mass index or BMI. Accordingly, he may prescribe medication. Usually, birth control pills, anti-androgen medications and Metformin (Glucophage) are prescribed for PCOS. The anti-androgen medications are used to block the effects of male hormones. Metformin is a diabetes drug used to help the body use insulin more efficiently and reduce testosterone production. 

Along with medication, a change in daily habits to healthy habits can help you keep your weight under control:

  • Eat a high-fibre, low-sugar diet. Consume a lot of whole grains, fruits, and veggies. Stay away from processed and fatty foods to regulate your blood sugar levels. Consult your doctor or a dietician if you need help maintaining a healthy diet.
  • Instead of three substantial meals throughout the day, eat four to six smaller ones. It will help you control your blood sugar levels.
  • Engage in daily exercise for at least 30 minutes and work out at least five days per week.
  • Check up on your cholesterol and blood pressure levels with your doctor regularly.
  • Participate in a programme that can assist you in quitting smoking if you smoke.

Dr. Kalpana Jain has worked in this domain for more than ten years. Her commitment and diligence motivate her patients to live healthy lives.