If you’re a woman who lives with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), then you are all too familiar with the discomfort of having irregular or missing periods, plus all of the weight, skin, hair, and fertility challenges that can go along with it.
So let’s talk about what drives PCOS and one of the ways you can get your body healthy – by reversing insulin resistance.
PCOS isn’t actually “one disease”; it’s a disorder with a group of symptoms that can stem from many different underlying factors.
PCOS can be driven by:
- insulin resistance
- androgen hormones
- food triggers
- nutrient deficiencies
- birth control pills
For now we’re going to focus on insulin resistance because it’s incredibly common and is something you can actually reverse!
When you have insulin resistance, it means your body has too much insulin, and this makes it hard for your cells to take up sugar from your bloodstream. Insulin resistance is the precursor to type 2 diabetes.
This is a big deal, because having too much insulin causes inflammation and weight gain, PLUS it can block ovulation and cause your ovaries to make testosterone. This is why insulin resistance is one of the top drivers of PCOS.
Just like PCOS has many underlying causes, so does insulin resistance.
It can be caused by things like not sleeping the right way, eating the wrong foods (or eating at the wrong time), environmental toxins, nutrient deficiencies, stress, and imbalances in your gut.
When you target each of these areas in a systematic way, your WHOLE body becomes healthier, and that leads to many of your symptoms disappearing naturally.
Most importantly, you can move into your future with energy and confidence.
In our 8-week Body Bliss program, we dedicate an entire section to show you how to reverse insulin resistance for easier weight management, regular cycles, restored ovulation and fertility, and more beautiful hair and skin.
The naturopathic doctors (NDs) at Attune Functional Medicine proudly serve the Denver metro area including Broomfield, Boulder, Arvada, Louisville, Thornton, Lafayette, Westminster, and Erie. Telehealth is also available.