Many women in Utah suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. This is a condition that causes them to develop male body characteristics and potentially become overweight. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods and have an excess of male hormone (androgen) levels.
Symptoms of PCOS include:
The cause of PCOS is unknown but early diagnosis and treatment along with weight loss may reduce the risk of long-term complications such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Nearly every woman will have to contend with unwanted weight gain at some point in her life. But when living with PCOS, losing weight can become a constant struggle. PCOS makes it more difficult for the body to use the hormone insulin (which helps to convert sugars and starches from food into energy). This insulin resistant causes glucose to build up in the blood stream. While weight loss can be difficult in people with PCOS, it also has great advantages. Losing just 10% of your body weight can bring your periods back to normal and can help relieve some of the symptoms associated with PCOS.
Schedule a visit with Ogden Clinic’s Medical Weight Loss department today if you live with PCOS and struggle with weight management. Based in medicine, our providers have the tools and knowledge to help make weight loss attainable and sustainable for women with PCOS.
Several medications are helpful for people with polycystic ovary syndrome, including birth control pills and anti-androgen medication. Additionally, a few medications are used specifically to promote weight loss in people with PCOS, including Metformin (Glucophage) and Thiazolidinediones. Metformin is a diabetes drug that helps the body use insulin more efficiently. Thiazolidinediones improve insulin resistance as well. Your Medical Weight Loss Physician will discuss your options as well as lifestyle changes that will promote weight loss. They’ll also discuss treatment options to improve other symptoms of PCOS.
To schedule a visit with our Medical Weight Loss specialists, request an appointment here or give us a call today.