Although most women have to deal with weight gain at some point in their lives, it is a constant struggle for PCOS patients. Unfortunately, there is a direct link between weight gain and PCOS due to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs when the body has difficulty pulling glucose from the bloodstream and converting it to energy, thus causing the production of more insulin in an attempt to maintain a normal blood sugar level. This leads to a build-up of insulin in the blood which can cause a myriad of other health complications such as diabetes.
When there is an increase in the level of insulin in the blood, this triggers excessive production of the male hormone androgen, which is associated with acne, hirsutism, irregular periods, male-pattern baldness and weight gain typically around the abdomen area as seen in males. As such, women with PCOS tend to have an apple-shaped body instead of pear-shaped. Abdominal fat is the most dangerous kind of fat as it is naturally linked to an increased risk of heart disease and other health conditions.
Some risks associated with PCOS-related weight gain are: