Highly unfortunate is the fact that stress is a part of everyday life. No matter where you live, what you do for a living, how close you are to your family, or even how much debt you have, stress is something that will have to be endured. Though it is true that stress is a natural part of life, it is also true that excessive amounts of stress are unhealthy and, in many cases, avoidable. For the sake of their sanity, people often choose too be involved in activities and relationships that cause the least stress possible. For the five to ten percent of women of childbearing age that suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), avoiding stress is more than a lifestyle choice-it is a matter of maintaining their health.
The Power of PCOS
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that stems from a hormonal imbalance. Women with this disease have abnormally high levels of androgens, which are male hormones. This imbalance often stems from Insulin Resistance, a condition that interferes with the body's ability to utilize insulin to break glucose down into energy. The more insulin that floods the system, the more it is rejected by the body's cells, and the more off-balance hormone levels become.
When this occurs, women experience a variety of symptoms, including: infertility, weight gain, obesity, hair loss, excess hair growth, sleep apnea, missing or irregular periods, ovarian cysts, and even anxiety and depression.
Though not all women that have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) suffer from all of these symptoms, they each entail a physical and emotional stress that can exacerbate their underlying cause.
How Does Stress Affect PCOS?
When the body becomes stressed, the sensitivity of the cells to insulin is decreased. This level of stress, and this side effect, can be sparked by many different situations, from everyday work-related stress to emotional stress.
Obviously, the connection between stress-induced insulin insensitivity and Insulin Resistance is clear. When women that have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome are involved in stressful situations, their already impaired ability to utilize insulin properly is heightened, making their Insulin Resistance worse.
To make matters even more difficult, stress sparks the release of noradrenalin and glucocorticoids, which are chemicals that are responsible for increasing the amount of fat stored in the abdomen. These stress-response chemicals also increase the glucose in the bloodstream, resulting in a larger amount of insulin being released. Weight gain is both a symptom of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and a factor that makes it worse, meaning that stress traps women with this condition into a vicious, unhealthy cycle.
How Can You Avoid Stress?
Avoiding stress is, unfortunately, impossible in today's fast-paced world; however, women can learn stress reduction and mediation techniques to help them cope with their responsibilities in a healthy way. Additionally, exercise can work wonders when it comes to releasing built up tension.
Exercise also helps with Insulin Resistance, the underlying cause of all of these troubles. By working out, eating a nutritious diet, and taking their day one step at a time, women can overcome their illness and live a healthier life.
To learn more about the subject of Stress and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and its treatment options, visit us on the web at www.pcos.insulitelabs.com.
Insulite Laboratories, a Boulder, Colorado USA based company, is committed to reversing Insulin Resistance - a potentially dangerous imbalance of blood glucose and insulin. Scientific research has revealed that this disorder can be a primary cause of excess weight gain and obesity, plus Pre-Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. Insulin Resistance can also underlie the cluster of increased risk factors for cardiovascular damage called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) as well as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).
Recognizing that there are millions of people who need help, Insulite Labs has designed what is considered the most effective systematic approach to reversing Insulin Resistance and these associated disorders. Insulite Laboratories is recognized world-wide for developing systems to address the underlying causes of Metabolic Syndrome, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), excess weight/obesity, pre-diabetes, and Type 2 Diabetes.
For more information about PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and research links to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) , PubMed Health, GenBank, and more, visit us at www.pcos.insulitelabs.com.
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