What Is PCOS Belly And How To Reduce Its Appearance

According to the Endocrine Society, 10% of women of reproductive age have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), the primary cause of infertility in women. The ovaries overproduce androgen, a male reproductive hormone, in PCOS.

Genetics, insulin resistance, high insulin levels, an overactive pituitary gland, and environmental factors are all suspected causes of this androgen excess.

PCOS causes irregular periods, ovarian cysts, excess hair, male-pattern baldness, skin tags, and acne. It causes PCOS belly. Let's examine PCOS belly, its causes, and its treatment.

Why PCOS Belly Happens

PCOS patients often gain weight due to hormonal abnormalities and insulin resistance (Insider). Insulin regulates blood glucose. Cells can become insulin-resistant when given a lot of insulin, according to the CDC. This increases blood glucose levels, weight growth, and type 2 diabetes risk.

Many women with polycystic ovarian syndrome develop a "PCOS belly" from abdominal weight gain and bloating. PCOS causes midriff weight gain, according to Little Angel IVF.

Insulin resistance causes body fat to accumulate, usually in the abdomen, according to Insider. Insulin resistance increases testosterone production, which promotes belly fat, and more fat increases insulin resistance. It's a cycle that makes losing weight tough.


How To Address PCOS Belly

PCOS belly can increase the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease (Little Angel IVF). PCOS women may want to lose abdominal fat. According to Insider, PCOS belly is a sign of PCOS and cannot be treated separately. Medication, nutrition, and exercise can help.

Little Angel IVF suggests a high-fiber, healthy-fat, and protein diet for PCOS belly weight loss. Avoid sugar, carbohydrates, and processed foods.

Just 30 minutes of daily exercise can increase insulin sensitivity and lower blood glucose, a major cause of PCOS belly. Losing PCOS abdominal fat is difficult. Your doctor may recommend an insulin sensitizer or weight loss medicine if diet and exercise don't work (Insider).

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