Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome - An Epidemic?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome - An Epidemic?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common reproductive disorder in Australia, currently affecting 400,000 women. Diagnosis is based on elevated male hormones, the presence of cysts on the ovaries and disturbed ovulation. PCOS can contribute to infertility, heart disease and diabetes.

Central to the development of this condition is weight gain and insulin resistance, an impaired ability to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. This drives further weight gain, particularly around the waistline, fatigue, hunger, excess male hormone production and menstrual dysfunction.

Natural therapies may help to bring this condition under control. Herbs are available to help re-establish ovulation and reduce male hormone production. Adequate levels of zinc, protein, magnesium, essential fatty acids and B vitamins are essential to regulate blood sugars, insulin and hormones.

Most importantly your Naturopath can provide support for weight management. Only 4 – 5% weight loss can produce significant improvements to PCOS.

Written by Natalie Elliott
Published 16/10/2010

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