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Insulin: More Than Blood Sugar


Understanding the role of insulin goes beyond managing blood sugar levels.


For women with PCOS, insulin plays a crucial role in hormone balance and overall health.


Let's explore the multifaceted nature of insulin and how it impacts PCOS.


What is Insulin?

  • Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps regulate blood sugar levels.

  • It allows cells to take in glucose from the bloodstream to use as energy or store for later use.

Insulin Resistance in PCOS

  • Women with PCOS often have insulin resistance, where cells don't respond well to insulin's signals.

  • This leads to high levels of insulin in the blood, which can contribute to weight gain and hormonal imbalances.

Impact on Hormones

  • Insulin resistance can lead to higher levels of insulin in the blood, which can stimulate the ovaries to produce more testosterone.

  • This can disrupt the menstrual cycle and lead to symptoms like acne, excess hair growth, and infertility.

Managing Insulin Levels

  • Eating a balanced meals with whole foods, low in refined sugars and carbohydrates, can help manage insulin levels.

  • Regular physical activity can also improve insulin sensitivity and help regulate hormones.

Importance of Monitoring

  • Regular monitoring of insulin levels and working with healthcare providers can help manage PCOS symptoms and improve overall health.

  • Medications or supplements may be prescribed to help manage insulin resistance and hormone levels.

Conclusion

Insulin plays a crucial role in PCOS, beyond just blood sugar regulation.


By understanding how insulin impacts hormone balance and overall health, women with PCOS can take proactive steps to manage their condition and improve their quality of life.


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