Obesity in childhood & teenage years tied to PCOS?

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50% of women suffering from PCOS might also be facing obesity. Insulin resistance results from PCOS, making it more difficult for the body to use the hormone insulin. The production of androgens, a class of male hormones that cause weight gain, is increased by high insulin levels: Manish Motwani, M.D.

Mumbai: The prevalence of adolescent obesity has increased, along with cases of polycystic ovary syndrome and other obesity-related co-morbidities (PCOS). In overweight adolescents, losing weight is crucial. By keeping your weight at a healthy level, eating a balanced diet, and exercising every day, you can prevent PCOS.

PCOS can be brought on by childhood and adolescent obesity, according to Dr. Manish Motwani, Chief Bariatric Surgeon at Aastha Bariatrics, a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Studies show that polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is genetically predisposed to develop, is a highly prevalent obesity-related comorbidity in girls and women. Epidemiological data showing that 38-88% of women with PCOS are overweight or obese, lends credence to the close relationship between obesity and PCOS. PCOS is thought to affect one in five Indian women causing serious health problems if not treated on time. PCOS, an endocrine disorder affecting the ovaries, affects obese and non-obese women during their reproductive years or adolescence. Its warning signs include irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, acne, and hirsutism (excessive hair growth). 

Women with PCOS have psychological problems, menstrual irregularities, higher testosterone levels, lower sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG), central obesity, and lower insulin sensitivity. They may also be more likely to experience miscarriages. Obese adolescent girls are more likely to experience infertility and childlessness later in life.

Dr. Motwani continued, “In addition, women with PCOS can develop obesity or overweight after being diagnosed. Obese women make up about 50% of PCOS patients. Insulin resistance results from PCOS, making it more difficult for the body to use the hormone insulin. The production of androgens, a class of male hormones that cause weight gain, is increased by high insulin levels.

Controlling your weight as a child will stop PCOS from developing. “Taking the appropriate actions at the appropriate time for one’s stage of obesity will help to prevent it and relieve its complications. Consume a healthy, balanced diet. Try to lose weight and return to a healthy weight. Diet and exercise may not be sufficient for all women to reach a healthy weight. Bariatric surgery might be a good choice if the BMI is higher than 30. It is both a life-changing and a life-saving procedure. Dr. Motwani concluded that bariatric surgery was a successful method of treating obesity. It helps patients lose weight and reduces comorbidities, improving their quality of life and likelihood of survival.

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