PCOS and Lean Women: Are you confused?

Lean Woman with PCOSAre you confused about your diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome because you are lean? A common misconception is that everyone with PCOS is overweight, but this is not always the case. In fact, up to half of women diagnosed with PCOS are of normal weight; some are even underweight.

Many women think menopausal symptoms are caused solely by the drop in estrogen, when in fact, these symptoms are the result of a complex, unbalanced condition of these hormones relative to each other.




Insulin Resistance

Although Insulin Resistance is generally agreed to be an underlying cause of PCOS, there is disagreement in the medical community about whether thin women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome suffer from Insulin Resistance to the same degree as their heavier counterparts.

It’s important to understand that the array of PCOS symptoms like irregular, painful periods, infertility, elevated testosterone levels, and Insulin Resistance among others, can be highly individualized. Even in cases where insulin levels are normal, a woman’s ovaries can still be stimulated by hormonal sensitivities to over-produce testosterone.

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Studies have shown that Insulin Resistance can be present in both lean and obese women with PCOS, indicating to researchers there might be other factors affecting the imbalance in the insulin/glucose mechanism. And although doctors might not want to use the term “Insulin Resistance” in the absence of obesity, nonetheless, thin women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome have higher insulin levels in their blood than those without PCOS, as pointed out by a 2004 article, “Insulin Sensitivity in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome,” published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.1

To further complicate the matter, oral contraceptives are commonly prescribed to women with PCOS, regardless of their weight, a practice that raises the risk of weight gain. Increased weight has been positively linked to an increased risk for Insulin Resistance as well as many of the other problems associated with glucose and insulin metabolism such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Similar Health Risks

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It is very clear to experts that Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome symptoms in lean women present increased health risks. In a study published in The Endocrinology Journal in October 2004, 2 researchers found that a group of lean women with PCOS showed an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and infertility when compared to a matched, control group of healthy women without the disorder.

It appears that women with “lean PCOS” have much in common with their heavier counterparts. They both exhibit, in varying degrees, the symptoms of elevated testosterone, Insulin Resistance, and excess insulin levels in their blood. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Exercise

This was confirmed in a study reported in a 2005 issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism concluding that these women might be just as at-risk for cardiovascular disease as heavier women.3

Fortunately, the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can be managed in both lean and heavy women. Healthy whole foods, a tailored system of nutritional supplements, and physical activity can help women with PCOS and can be a doorway to a better life for women of all sizes who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

You may be interested in some of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on PCOS and the Insulite PCOS System.

  • What are the symptoms of PCOS and how do they relate to Insulin Resistance?
  • How will the Insulite PCOS System help decrease androgens?
  • Why does the Insulite PCOS System recommend a regular exercise program to reverse PCOS?

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Next Steps

Becoming victorious over the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is not easy, but you can overcome your PCOS symptoms to live the life you deserve.

It takes strength, courage, and perseverance. It can be challenging and that’s why Insulite Health created this website. It's has information and resources that will help you balance your hormones and reverse PCOS symptoms.

So take these next steps now! Use the links below to learn how to make the changes that will transform your health and your life forever.

  1. Read more about PCOS. Search our 1300 page PCOS library.
  2. Join our Facebook Group right now!  Pose your questions to this group of like-minded women and get the support you need.
  3. Take the PCOS Quiz! Get your PCOS score and assess your risk.  
  4. Learn more about the Insulite 5-Element PCOS Solution

Insulite Health, is committed to helping women reverse their symptoms of hormone imbalance. Scientific research has revealed that this imbalance can be a primary cause of many devastating health symptoms. Hormone Imbalance can also underlie the increased risk factors for PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) - a major source of serious diseases as well as cause of excess weight gain, adult acne, unwanted facial hair, depression, anxiety, and heartbreaking female infertility.

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