Can Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Make You Gain Weight?

| September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

Can Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Make You Gain Weight?Most conversations with your doctor about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), tend to focus on menstrual irregularity, including missed periods and/or heavy periods. But, women with PCOS face other problems, too — and a big one is weight gain.

It’s not clear whether PCOS is a direct cause of the extra pounds many women with PCOS carry. According to fertility specialist Julie Tantibhedhyangkul, MD, a link does exist, however.

“Experts think a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors, including diet, exercise and lifestyle, contribute to the PCOS symptoms,” she says.

PCOS affects about 5 million American women (between 5 and 10 percent of women), with symptoms appearing as early as age 11.

Knowing how it can impact your weight can help motivate you to take control of it and other health issues, including diabetes, she says.

health.clevelandclinic.org/…/can-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-make-gain-weight

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