Did you known women with PCOS have a greater chance of developing several serious disorders, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease?
Recent studies found that:
- Before the age of 40, more than 50% of women with PCOS will have type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. The latter is a reversible form of impaired glucose tolerance, which, if neglected, can lead to type 2 diabetes.
- Women with PCOS have a four to seven times higher risk of heart attack than women of the same age without PCOS.
- Women with PCOS are at greater risk of having heart-damaging high blood pressure.
- Women with PCOS have high levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol and low levels of HDL “good” cholesterol, which can lead to a stroke.
Fortunately, the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome can be improved and even reversed via a nutritious diet and regular exercise to lose or better control weight, which, in turn, helps to restore the hormonal imbalance caused by PCOS.