You can’t stay out of the fridge
If you’re way more ravenous than you used to be, out-of-whack hormones might be to blame. Thyroid hormones, for instance, help regulate your metabolism, so if your levels are up, you’ll burn through calories faster and be left craving more. On the other hand, too much of the stress hormone cortisol could signal you to eat up so you’ll have fuel to get through a stressful event. “The body is perceiving that it’s under stress and needs to build a reserve,” says Pauline Camacho, MD, FACE, professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism at Loyola University Medical Center. Here are more reasons you can’t stop eating.
You’re losing hair where you want it
Polycystic ovary syndrome often causes women’s bodies to pump too much testosterone. That’s why their hair will start resembling a more male pattern: baldness on the head, and extra growth on the body. PCOS often first appears in adolescence, so your symptoms might have started after you first got your period. “You would know even in early teen years that they have manifestations,” says Dr. Camacho. “They have irregular periods, heavier than usual compared to other peers.” Don’t miss these other PCOS symptoms you might ignore.