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Obesity and the Link to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Jan 31, 2018 @ 03:22 PM – by Frank Veninga

Oftentimes when a person chooses to shed excess weight, it is for vanity purposes. Many believe that weight loss will improve the appearance of their figure and leave them feeling more confident about themselves. However, when a person is overweight to the point that they are considered medically obese, weight loss often has a much more significant purpose. Obesity-related conditions can impact a person’s physical health, and eliminating excess weight may be the best way for many individuals to improve their overall health. One condition that has been linked to obesity is polycystic ovarian syndrome. Obesity and polycystic ovarian syndrome can cause our Dallas, TX, patients to experience abnormal menstrual cycles, which can also impact fertility. Dr. Frank Veninga helps his patients understand the impact that obesity has on physical health, and how bariatric surgery may be beneficial in taking back control of the body.

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What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal disorder that affects roughly five to 10 percent of women of reproductive age. This condition, which causes the formation of small cysts along the outer edges of the ovaries, leads many women to experience abnormal menstrual cycles. Because menstruation becomes unpredictable, it is much more difficult for women with PCOS to conceive naturally.

How Obesity Affects PCOS

The underlying cause of PCOS is believed to be an excessive production of androgens, which are male sex hormones. It is not known exactly what causes certain females to produce high levels of androgens. Many conditions have been identified as potential triggers for androgen production, including high insulin levels, inflammation, and genetic predisposition. Obesity is another condition that has been linked to a higher risk of PCOS.

Though many studies have shown a link between PCOS and obesity, it is not yet known exactly how the two conditions affect one another. However, there seems to be evidence that this connection works in both ways. Women who exhibit signs of PCOS early in life are more likely to gain weight and become obese later on, just as obese women are at higher risk of developing PCOS later on in life.

Can Weight Loss Treat PCOS?

Establishing a link between obesity and PCOS has been essential in helping women treat the condition. It has been proven that making improvements to a women’s overall health can also effectively relieve symptoms of PCOS and improve fertility. Specifically, weight loss can have a big impact on PCOS. Even by losing just five to seven percent of their body weight over a six-month span, women can drastically reduce insulin and androgen levels. This reduction improves ovulation and fertility for over 75 percent of women.

Understandably, weight loss can be difficult, especially when an individual is obese. Those who have had trouble getting the weight-loss results they desire through traditional diet and exercise may want to consider bariatric surgery. Dr. Veninga has helped countless people drop significant amounts of weight through bariatric surgery. The results of these procedures greatly enhance a person’s physical health and minimize the risk of other health complications.

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Individuals who need to lose a significant amount of weight have many bariatric surgery options to consider. If you would like to learn more about the bariatric procedures offered by Dr. Frank Veninga, and which may be best-suited to your unique needs, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!

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