Policystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a endocrine (hormonal) disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges. The exact cause of polycystic ovary syndrome isn’t well understood, but may involve a combination of genetic, nutrition and environmental factors. Symptoms include menstrual irregularity, excess hair growth, acne, and obesity. It has been link with diabetes as well. The prevalence of insulin resistance and insulin secretory defects, menstrual dysfunction, and androgen excess is high in patients with PCOS. The irregular metabolic and hormonal status of women with PCOS may increase their risk of some cancer types, unfortunately, like endometrial, ovarian, and still some research need to be done about breast cancer. It doesn’t mean that if you have one will have the other. Although research has not found a direct link between PCOS and breast cancer, research has found a link between diabetes and breast cancer. PCOS predisposes women to major medical conditions. PCOS is a fairly common problem in many women and it has been shown that can deteriorate your health in other aspects not only hormonal. Obesity, diabetes, hormonal irregularity, and infertility are some risk factors to developing breast cancer and PCOS may cause these risk factors to develop.Diet is an important factor in reversing or preventing PCOS. Some nutrient deficiencies like Vitamins B, Zinc among others or high amounts of estrogen (Soy is a phytoestrogen beware), not consuming high nutrient foods (lots of veggies, god quality meats and fats…), not drinking enough water and exercising, lack of sleep (can alter Cortisol levels…) , too much sugar…Check with your health care provider if you think you have PCOS, in the meantime please take care of yourself, small changes like less sugar, more variety in food can help… eat right, rest, move!
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