Women, Diabetes and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome treatment

How Exercise for Diabetic women can Help

Some women are at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes because of a syndrome that often goes undiagnosed: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, affects between six and ten percent of women who are of childbearing age. One of the symptoms of PCOS is often excess weight gain, with that weight carried around the abdomen. Reducing the risks of developing type 2 diabetes in women with PCOS involves, in part, improving insulin sensitivity.

If you have symptoms such as irregular or infrequent menstrual cycles, acne, excessive body or facial hair, you may have PCOS. PCOS causes a hormonal imbalance that can cause these types of symptoms. Your doctor will be able to identify the syndrome and direct you to appropriate treatment to control the condition and prevent future complications such as heart disease, infertility, endometrial cancer, and diabetes.

[box]Women with PCOS should be sure to eat a healthy diet, and include regular exercise each week.

Maintaining a healthy weight, and losing any extra pounds, will not only help to prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes, it will also help to reduce the symptoms associated with PCOS.[/box]

There are some women that, even with increased exercise and a healthy diet, will not lose weight. Will these women still benefit? Studies have shown that exercising has healthy benefits, regardless of its effect on weight. Exercise affects how the body metabolizes carbohydrates (glucose), and improves insulin sensitivity, both of which help to prevent diabetes from developing. As our body becomes less sensitive to insulin, the pancreas increases its production of insulin to try to compensate. By exercising, and improving our body’s sensitivity to insulin, we keep the pancreas from working overtime.

Losing weight can be particularly important to women, not only for the health benefits, but also because of the effect on energy and self-esteem. Even if the exercise does not help you to lose weight in the short term, it will still have a benefit to your health. Before starting an exercise program, it is important to check with your doctor. They may have recommendations on starting a program, or cautions based on your personal medical history.

[box]There are several ways to start an exercise program; the key is finding what works for you. You may choose to ride a stationary bike, swim, walk, or dance.[/box]

Walking is a great way to begin a habit of regular exercise. Women who enjoy a daily walk report feeling better, sleeping better, and experience less moods swings. Should you decide to start a walking program, make sure you have a quality pair of walking shoes. Your local running store can provide you with information on the style of shoe best for you. When you begin, do not worry about your speed, or how long you walk.

[box]Even a slow-paced walk will be good for your health, and as you build up stamina, you will be able to increase the length of your walk.

Start out slow, studies show that even a slow-paced walk is good to your health.[/box]

As you continue your program, you will probably find your stamina builds up and you can add more distance to your walk. An excellent goal to work towards is a thirty-minute walk every day.


  1. Ssshhhh Im becoming aroused says:

    here’s the thing, i had my period for almost two years. and then about 6 months ago it stopped. haven’t had it sense. I’m a virgin. and i’ve never had oral sex either. two weeks ago i started having this thick brown discharge that idk if other ppl can smell, but i can. it grosses me out. also sometimes i have cramps LIKE i’m just getting my period. i want to avoid having to tell my mom and go to the doctor at all costs. how long does this have to continue before i get worried?
    anybody have anything besides the expected go to the doctor answer?

  2. Has anyone had PCOs and after they had their baby di the PCOS sysmptoms go away?
    Just for the record I know it is hard to concieve when you have PCOS. If you catch it early enough, your chances are better

  3. I am african-american and almost 30 and I was diagnosed many years ago. I have been two several specialists (gynecologists and endocrinologists) to get treatment but have gotten tired of taking this pill and that pill. I was given a prescription for Metformin which tore my stomach up on a constant basis. When I was younger I took birth control pills and they made me nauseaus. Besides that I couldn’t remember to take them every day.

    The visual symptoms are getting worse: darkened area on each side of my face, thick and coarse facial hair under my chin, the upper part of my neck and on the sides of my face. I also have hair on my top lip. My neck has also gotten really dark. My stomach is the largest part of my body. My hair breaks at the crown of my head and the texture is very coarse in that area. It is very depressing.

    Please share your symptoms/story.

  4. Does a pelvic ultrasound that showed polycystic ovaries, mean that I have polycystic ovarian SYNDROME??? In 2005 I had a pelvic ultrasound due to some abdominal pain I was having. The pelvic ultrasound revealed that I had many small cysts on my ovaries. My physician put me on a high dose form of birth control to help prevent me from having a heavy or a menstrual cycle at all, which they said would “basically” treat the polycystic ovaries. They also told me that I may have fertility problems in the future,and that I would likely need to see a physician/OBGYN when ready to become pregnant. Needless to say, I easily a year later conceived and carried full term, having a 9lb2oz baby girl. A few years later due to a cardiovascular disease, I was put on a blood thinner to prevent clotting. Because of the blood thinner, I could no longer take my birth control or anything containing estrogen. My Cardiologist and Gynecologist have both agreed that within a few weeks I can get an IUD to prevent pregnancy, But, because I had my pelvic ultrasound done in 2005, and was with a different physician at the time, they no longer have my test results, which meant to my gynecologist that I either have Polycystic Ovarian SYNDROME, or that I have __________that can cause many cysts to be on the ovaries, and also causes the same symptoms as pcos but isn’t pcos. I do not remember what this other disease/syndrome/complication is called but I’m pretty sure it started with the word congenital.
    ANOTHER THING I WONDER…… Is if when I start Merena (the IUD) for birth control, it is known for making periods less heavy. Therefore I am curious if this could be a possible help with PCOS if that is in fact what I have. My gynecologist said the treatment for PCOS and the other condition is the same.

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