If you have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) you could be at risk for cardiovascular disease. PCOS and high cholesterol go hand in hand. In a healthy individual, LDL’s or the “bad” cholesterol are usually very low and HDL’s, which are the healthy or “good” kind, are high. Unfortunately, because of this condition, the ratio of HDL’s to LDL’s is completely reversed. LDL is high and HDL is low, which greatly increases your chances of cardiovascular disease.
In fact, if you have PCOS and high cholesterol you have twice the risk of having arthrosclerosis (plaque that deposits on the wall of your arteries) as compared to other women without this condition. As you probably already know, arthrosclerosis greatly increases the chances of coronary heart disease.
What are some other conditions that can develop because of PCOS and high cholesterol?
With PCOS and high cholesterol you might feel the effect of hyperinsulemia. When this is present, the liver will produce high levels of triglycerides, which are fatty, lipids found in the blood. High levels of triglycerides become another risk factor for cardiovascular damage.
PCOS and high cholesterol can also be observed in people that have Insulin Resistance. This resistance can cause LDL particles to become smaller and denser in your body than in others who don’t suffer from this condition.
If you suffer from insulin resistance, then you’re not alone. Most women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome have problems with this and it is also a cause of obesity problems. There are of course women that are in normal weight ranges with PCOS and high cholesterol that also have insulin resistance. In this case, the problem is caused by the male hormone testosterone as well as luteinizing hormone (LH).
In addition, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can show other signs of increased risks in many other conditions such a high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome, which is also called Syndrome X.
When addressing PCOS and high cholesterol the National Cholesterol Education Program suggests that these high levels must be addressed. However, medications taken alone without making lifestyle changes aren’t enough to really change the condition. Scott Grundy, MD. Ph.D, the American Heart Association representative to the NCEP says, “Changes in lifestyle have tremendous power in lowering the bad LDL as well as raising the good HDL.” If you focus on making these changes for PCOS and high cholesterol, you can improve and maintain healthy ranges (HDL, LDL and Triglycerides), which will improve diabetes and reduce inflammation.
It’s very important for you to realize that you can take all the drugs to address PCOS and high cholesterol, but there aren’t any drugs that have the ability to reverse PCOS and high cholesterol as well as insulin resistance.
I’m sure you’re desire is to reverse your condition, so you don’t have to suffer from the symptoms and worry about the risk factors of PCOS and high cholesterol. There is hope, but you’re not going to improve and ultimately reverse this condition with a pill alone. It takes many different components to form a complete system. These components include:
- Nutraceuticals such as herbs, minerals and vitamins that are formulated to be disease specific.
- A sensible exercise program.
- A network of nutritional support for PCOS and high cholesterol that can guide you to make the right choices and motivation to stick with the plan.
In conclusion, if you suffer from PCOS and high cholesterol you are at high risk of many conditions of cardiovascular disease. Fortunately with the right approach, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome along with high levels of cholesterol can be greatly improved and maybe even reversed in many cases. It’s up to you to learn what you must do to attain better health and greatly transform the quality of your life.
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