Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is common, affecting up to 15% of women of reproductive age. It is essentially characterised by a hormonal imbalance involving increased luteinising hormone, decreased follicle stimulating hormone, increased testosterone and increased insulin.
These hormonal imbalances lead to failed ovulations, weight gain, acne and increased hair growth on the body as well as balding from the front of the scalp.
Both genetic and environments factors contribute to the onset and progression of PCOS. At Imperial health and nutrition I work with clients to create science-led natural plans involving diet, lifestyle and supplemental guidance.
There are a range of supplements that are considered safe and effective in the management of PCOS and its related symptoms. A few examples include inositol, chromium, green tea and omega 6.
Inositol is a sugar found in the cell membranes of every cell. It is produced in the body and consumed through our diets. High concentration of inositol have been identified in the female reproductive cells. Inositol plays a key role in cell-to-cell communication and, as a consequent, improves the sensitivity of insulin.
- Improves insulin sensitivity
- Reduces free fatty acid release
- Increases follicle stimulating hormone and anti-mullerian hormone
- Reduces luteinising hormone
- Reduces the conversion of testosterone to a more potent and active form
- Accelerates the transport of oocytes (eggs).
Studies on women with PCOS who are trying to conceive reveal that the use of inositol in combination with medical management (such as metformin or clomiphene) increases the rate of successful pregnancy compared to medical treatment alone.
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