PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)

FigureWomen with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) have a greater chance of developing Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)-a cluster of increased risk factors for cardiovascular disease that raise the likelihood of heart attack or stroke. Metabolic Syndrome also increases the chance of developing Pre-Diabetes, a reversible condition, which if neglected, can become Type 2 Diabetes. This latter condition can only be managed in the majority of cases and usually requires daily injections of insulin.

People with Metabolic Syndrome are four times more likely to have a heart attack or a stroke than those free of the condition. And that’s only the beginning. Women with Metabolic Syndrome are also more prone to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, also known as Polycystic Ovarian Disease, which causes the ovaries to secrete abnormally high levels of male hormones. PCOS can cause a variety of symptoms in women, ranging from infertility and excessive facial and body hair growth to acne, menstrual irregularities, male pattern baldness, depression and anxiety, sleep apnea, (trouble breathing during sleeping), and thyroid disorders.

The bad news doesn’t end there, either. PCOS sufferers who have Metabolic Syndrome are also at greater risk of developing Gestational Diabetes, which can develop during pregnancy, as well as having higher rates of liver, breast, and colon cancer.

Lab ResearchOnly in recent years has Metabolic Syndrome undergone extensive scientific investigation. The medical community has made a dramatic change in the way it views and treats this condition after a growing body of evidence began pointing to Insulin Resistance as an underlying cause of Metabolic Syndrome.

Inflammation-the body’s defense system against harmful stimuli-can also play a role in the onset of cardiovascular disease. To learn more, see Inflammation, Insulin Resistance and PCOS.

Insulin Resistance is caused by unbalanced glucose and insulin levels resulting from cells desensitized to insulin. This insensitivity to insulin prevents the efficient conversion of glucose, or blood sugar, through the cell wall into energy. Instead, free-floating glucose remains in the bloodstream where it causes elevated blood sugar levels. This excess blood sugar is sent to the liver where it is converted into fat and stored throughout the body. The end result can be weight gain and obesity.

In addition, the imbalance in glucose and insulin levels has been proven to cause damage to the lining of the arteries, as well as negative changes in the kidneys’ ability to remove salt and an increased risk of blood clot formation, all of which are key factors in developing cardiovascular disease.

Excess glucose also lays the foundation for Type 2 Diabetes by raising blood sugar to dangerous levels. In addition, excess glucose sometimes prompts abnormal cell growth, implicating it as a cause of certain cancers.

At the present time, there is no single remedy that will cure Metabolic Syndrome, just as there are no pharmaceutical drugs that will cure Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. But there are ways to address Insulin Resistance, an underlying cause of these conditions and PCOS symptoms. Insulite Health recommends combining Nutritional Supplements (vitamins, minerals, and botanicals that are condition specific) with a realistic exercise program, nutritional guidance, and a support system to help you change unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Click here to read about the unique, new Insulite PCOS System that is scientifically-designed to help reverse the condition called Insulin Resistance that can underlie both Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Metabolic Syndrome. The Insulite PCOS System, InsulX, contains vanadium, a nutrient that helps maintain normal blood glucose levels. For example, one of the Nutritional Supplement products reduces appetite naturally.

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

  • How does the Insulite PCOS System help women with PCOS?
  • Are there any stimulants in the Natural Supplements in the Insulite PCOS System products?
  • How long should I stay on the Insulite PCOS System? (for example, will I be able to stop after six months without symptoms returning?)

 

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