New research has shown for the first time that the heart-damaging amino acid called homocysteine is reduced in overweight young PCOS women when they exercise regularly.
A normal amount of homocysteine is OK. But an elevated level means that your metabolic processes are not working properly.
Elevated homocysteine is associated with coronary artery disease, heart attack, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, cognitive impairment and cervical cancer. Women with PCOS generally have higher levels of homocysteine compared to females without the condition.
Too much homocysteine is particularly bad news for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome because they usually also have a cluster of cardiovascular risk factors, such as excess weight, blood fat abnormalities, impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance and high blood pressure (hypertension).
More on this important survey tomorrow.