Younger women tend to gain weight on their thighs and hips. But after menopause, weight gain often shifts to the midsection, increasing the chance of developing the cluster of risk factors for heart disease called metabolic syndrome or syndrome x.
Those of us with the hormonal imbalance caused by PCOS are already at greater risk of the onset of metabolic syndrome. Symptoms of the latter condition can include high blood pressure, increased levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol and reduced HDL “good” cholesterol.
An expanding waist measurement is now thought by many doctors to be a more accurate predictor of a heart attack than overall weight. Heart disease kills up to six times more women than all forms of cancer combined.
It’s not all bad news however. Luckily, deep abdominal fat, which is stored around our internal organs, responds more quickly to regular exercise than other kinds of fat.
So you have two choices. Either work out a safe exercise program based on the advice of your doctor in conjunction with your PCOS. Or, if you’re experiencing success, be sure to stick with the exercise regime you already follow to help better manage PCOS symptoms like weight gain and avoid the onset of metabolic syndrome.