Those of us with PCOS are especially at risk of developing metabolic syndrome (Syndrome X), which can pave the way to both heart disease and type 2 diabetes – two of the world’s most common chronic diseases which greatly increase the chances of early death.
In the case of type 2 diabetes, the increased risk is a massive 9 to 30 times higher than the normal population. And you’re up to four times more likely to develop heart disease if you suffer from metabolic syndrome, which often stems from being overweight or obese.
Regular exercise is a key factor in losing weight to restore and maintain good health. So take up gentle swimming at your local indoor pool, for example, or go cycling. Better still, do both, with a friend if possible, for the sociability. You don’t have to try and emulate Michael Phelps or Lance Armstrong. Build up your strength slowly.
Walk as often as possible. Park your car as far away as you can from the office or supermarket and walk the extra distance. Always take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Exercise and weight loss benefits blood pressure, cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity. Improving all these factors can help reverse insulin resistance – the imbalance of blood glucose and insulin which often underlies Metabolic Syndrome.
For much more information about metabolic syndrome and PCOS and how you can better manage or even reverse the symptoms of both conditions, visit our web sites by clicking on:
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