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How PCOS is Linked to Diabetes

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Understanding the Link Between Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Diabetes

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. It causes an imbalance in the reproductive hormones, leading to irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, and depression. However, PCOS can also affect other parts of the body, including the metabolism, and increase the risk of developing diabetes. 

In this article, we will explore the link between PCOS and diabetes and provide some tips on how to manage both conditions.

What is the Link Between PCOS and Diabetes?

PCOS can increase the risk of developing diabetes because it affects the body's ability to use insulin effectively. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels, and PCOS can cause insulin resistance, meaning the body doesn't respond well to insulin. This can cause high blood sugar levels and, over time, increase the risk of developing diabetes. Between 50% and 70% of women with PCOS have some level of insulin resistance, which can lead to a higher risk of diabetes.

How Can You Reduce the Risk of Developing Diabetes With PCOS?

The best way to reduce the risk of developing diabetes with PCOS is to manage your PCOS symptoms. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, losing weight if you need to, and quitting smoking can all help manage PCOS symptoms and reduce the risk of diabetes. Additionally, taking medications such as metformin or birth control pills can also help regulate insulin levels and manage PCOS.

What are the Symptoms of Diabetes?

Diabetes symptoms can include frequent urination, thirst, hunger, blurred vision, tiredness, and slow-healing wounds. If you have PCOS and experience any of these symptoms, speak to your doctor as soon as possible. They may recommend testing your blood sugar levels and starting treatment for diabetes.

How Can You Manage Both PCOS and Diabetes?

If you have both PCOS and diabetes, managing both conditions can be a challenge. However, it is essential to manage both conditions to reduce the risk of complications. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, taking insulin or other medications as prescribed, monitoring your blood sugar levels, and attending regular checkups with your doctor can all help manage both conditions.

What are Some Resources for Managing PCOS and Diabetes in the Philippines?

If you are dealing with PCOS and diabetes, there are resources available to help you manage both conditions. The Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM) is a professional organization that provides information and support for people with diabetes or endocrine-related conditions such as PCOS. InLife Sheroes also has a bank of resources for women on various health-related topics.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects many women of reproductive age in the Philippines. While the condition is primarily associated with reproductive health problems, it can also increase the risk of developing diabetes. Managing both PCOS and diabetes can be challenging, but with proper care, it is possible to reduce the risk of complications. By eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and seeking medical advice, Filipinas with PCOS can manage both conditions and improve their overall health and wellbeing.

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