You’ve seen them on TV, or the covers of magazines or DVDs in local stores: lithe, sinewy fitness models, their bodies contorted into seemingly biology-defying yoga poses.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve looked at them with both admiration and envy, muttering to yourself, I wish I could do that. Well, I’m here to assure you that yoga is for every body.
PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder in women of childbearing age and can lead to issues with fertility.
Women who have PCOS have higher levels of male hormones and are also less sensitive to insulin or are "insulin-resistant." Many are overweight or obese.
She says after her initial gain of 100 pounds freshman year she gave up dancing, and found herself in a deep depression. She does, however, want to lose weight because she recognizes that 380 pounds is just not a healthy weight to be.
“I love all of the positive things that came out of the videos, but it doesn’t change that right now, I’m the heaviest that I’ve ever been in my whole life,” she says.
This condition -- called insulin resistance -- can cause insulin and sugar -- glucose -- to build up in the bloodstream.However, it wasn’t until the age of 23 – following significant weight gain after college and a month straight of bleeding after an entire year of missed periods – that a compassionate doctor with knowledge of women’s health issues listened to me describe my symptoms, looked at my body type, and said, “I think I know exactly what is going on with you. ” Sure enough, a simple blood test to measure my FSH and LH levels confirmed the diagnosis.Filled with relief that I could put a name to this disorder, and armed with her recommendations to start taking oral contraceptives and follow a regimen of low-carb eating and lots of exercise, I started on the path of healing my body. Conventional PCOS wisdom at that time was to work out long and hard for best results.As a result, these women can be at a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, and uterine cancer.If you have PCOS, certain lifestyle changes can help you shed pounds and reduce the disease's severity.Most women at some point have to contend with weight gain.