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Do You Have Polycystic Ovaries?
Posted on July 18, 2016 8:48 AM by Dr. Mac
Categories: HCG Diet
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common disorder that occurs in 10-15% of women where hormone levels are out of balance.  Women of reproductive age should know the symptoms and what increases their risk of having polycystic ovaries.
 
The cause of PCOS is unknown but if you have a family history of it then you are 40% more likely of developing polycystic ovaries as it appears to be genetic.  The key is to recognize the symptoms early on and get tested so treatment can begin that stops any progress of this debilitating disorder.  Do you know the symptoms to watch for so you avoid the metabolic syndrome?
 
Symptoms Of PCOS
 
There are a variety of signs and symptoms associated with polycystic ovary syndrome that women might notice.  Symptoms are: excess hair growth, irregular menses, diabetes, acne, sleep apnea, mood disorders, cardiovascular disease, and weight gain.  Each woman is affected differently but weight gain typically causes these symptoms to worsen.  Once you recognize these symptoms, what action will you take?
 
Never risk your health or presume your symptoms will improve without treatment.  To get an appropriate diagnosis, Dr. Mac or Kristi will check to see if you have at least 2 of the following: excessive hair growth, irregular ovulation, and enlarged ovaries.  If PCOS is left untreated, the metabolic syndrome often ensues as significant weight gain happens due to insulin resistance, Type II Diabetes, and elevated lipids.  
 
Have You Gained Weight?
 
Frequently, weight gain has already taken place in several women who are diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome.  Weight loss through High Intensity Interval Training and a low carbohydrate diet helps many patients see an improvement in their health with as little as a 5% weight loss.  Additionally, our medically managed HCG diet plan guides women who are significantly overweight to feeling their best as they lose 15-20 pounds during the first month!
David McLaughlin, MD