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.
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.
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.
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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.
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).