Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in Meridian ID

polycystic ovarian syndrome: blood sugar & Insulin Link in Meridian ID

Chiropractic Meridian ID Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Are you experiencing heavy periods, unwanted facial hair, mood swings, irritability, anxiety, weight gain, or even infertility? All of these symptoms are common with a condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

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Disclaimer, not everyone with PCOS has problems with weight as there are many individuals with normal or even underweight who have this diagnosis.


Traditional Treatment For PCOS

One of the first traditional treatments usually recommended are medications like Metformin or Spironolactone. Despite this, many continue to struggle and feel frustrated with symptoms noted above. For those hoping for the opportunity to conceive, many are still unable to. No matter how it impacts you, the question that should be asked is what is driving PCOS?


What Causes PCOS?

It is one thing to receive the diagnosis of PCOS, but we need to go even further. Did you know for some women, blood sugar dysregulation and insulin resistance are at the roots of PCOS?

In this post we will step through the progression of how blood sugar issues can lead to PCOS and the frustrating and often confusing symptoms that come along with it.

When we have elevated blood sugar for a long period of time, whether this be from our nutrition, stress or lifestyle, our pancreas starts working harder and harder to increase the level of a hormone called insulin. Now, the pancreas is doing this on purpose, and for good reason! Insulin helps remove glucose (or blood sugar) out of the bloodstream, because prolonged high levels of blood sugar can be damaging and inflammatory to our blood vessels, nerves and cells. So, while our pancreas is trying to protect us from the effects of high insulin, it can also play a role in shifting other hormones- including our sex hormones.

Normally our hypothalamus communicates to our pituitary which tells the ovaries to produce hormones in a rhythm based upon where you are at in your cycle.

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When levels of insulin are elevated in the long term, this can stimulate the ovaries to make excess testosterone in women, and it is this testosterone formation that contributes to the symptoms of unwanted facial hair and hair loss, and irritability that often comes along with PCOS. This high testosterone or androgen level- can IMPAIR ovulation (where our body releases an egg from our ovaries. This is one reason WHY many women with PCOS struggle with infertility.

So if we don't ovulate, we don’t release an egg from our ovaries. Normally, when this egg is released - it begins producing lots of progesterone, -BUT if you have a cycle where you do not have the opportunity to produce optimal progesterone levels. This can contribute to an imbalance between our levels of estrogen and progesterone. I find a helpful way to think about hormones, it is like an orchestra symphony- we don’t want one section of the orchestra playing too loud, but this is what happens when we don’t ovulate, essentially, the “estrogen section” of the orchestra- is overbearing and loud compared to the progesterone section. When our estrogen is “playing too loud” without the balance of progesterone (due to not ovulating) - we can experience unwanted symptoms including debilitatingPMS or PMDD before periods, mood swings, anxiety along with heavy and painful periods.

Whew, that was a lot! To bring it all back to where this whole cascade started: elevated blood sugar contributes to high levels of insulin and insulin resistance, which for some women, can be at the roots of PCOS.


How We Can Help

PCOS often creates a lot of symptoms and problems that are frustrating. You have either tried medications or weren’t given much advice on what to do.

The good news is there is a process that we use to help you find out what the causes of your PCOS are. As this is done we help you work through those causes layer by layer through targeted lifestyle changes and interventions. PCOS doesn’t have to control your life.

If you’d like our help to figure out what are the root causes of your PCOS then contact us to start getting the answers and solutions you need.

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Idaho Brain and Body Institute

1678 S Woodsage Ave Ste 100
Meridian, ID 83642

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