How does weight gain affect polycystic ovary syndrome?
Jessica A. Shepherd, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Weight gain increases the amount of insulin in the body, which can make the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) worse and increase risk for other conditions. Watch OB/GYN specialist Jessica Shepherd, MD, discuss how weight gain impacts PCOS.

Weight gain is often a contributing factor in the development of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). As you gain weight, or if you are obese, your insulin levels in your blood rise. Your insulin levels, in turn, raise your androgen levels which cause PCOS. This is why your doctor will often recommend a healthier diet and exercise regimen as the first step to managing PCOS.

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