What is PCOS?
Andrzej Wilusz/shutterstock There are things every woman needs to know about PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), a hormonal imbalance in nearly 7 percent of pre-menopausal women in the United States—that’s 1 in 5 women. “It’s one of the most common hormonal disorders in the developed world,” says NYC-based nutritionist, Janine Whiteson. PCOS comes from an overproduction of male hormones or androgens that a woman’s ovaries naturally produce. This excess androgen secretion is responsible for most PCOS symptoms. Unfortunately, just because it’s a common affliction doesn’t mean the symptoms are easy to manage, so you’ll want to make sure you’re following a PCOS diet.
What are the symptoms of PCOS?
Nikodash/shutterstock Women with PCOS have higher-than-normal levels of androgens, can wreak havoc with your overall system. “PCOS can have serious health effects, including heart conditions, infertility, diabetes, IBS, skin issues (like acne), unwanted hair growth, hair thinning, and obesity, and it often impacts one’s emotional and mental health resulting in depression,” says motivation speaker and CEO of RGD Enterprises, Roxana Damas. Here are other reasons your hair might be falling out.