PCOS HEALTH RISKS
Women with PCOS are at an increased risk of developing health problems including:
- Insulin resistance
- Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT), also known as pre-diabetes
- Gestational Diabetes (GDM), or diabetes which occurs in pregnancy
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Metabolic syndrome, also known as syndrome X, a collection of symptoms including raised blood glucose levels, blood fats and blood pressure, and carrying weight around the middle
- Sleep apnoea a condition where breathing is disrupted during sleep due to blockages to the windpipe – it is more common if you are overweight and can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness and other health problems.
- Endometrial cancer is linked to anovulation and the resulting low levels of progesterone which can lead to an overgrowth of the endometrium. However women with PCOS who have regular menstrual cycles do not appear to be at increased risk.
The good news is that lifestyle change can go a long way towards reducing these health risks.
At the PCOS Health & Nutrition Centre we help and support you in making the lifestyle changes that will improve your PCOS symptoms and reduce your future health risks. For more information or to make an appointment, please email via our contact page or call Northside Nutrition & Dietetics on (02) 9415 4845.