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  • Writer's pictureDr. H. Singh, ND

Treating PCOS to Improve Systemic Health, not just Infertility

PCOS cardiovascular disease

The biggest PCOS blunder is being advised that you don't need to do anything for your condition until you want to conceive. The most common endocrine disorder affecting biological females of reproductive age, goes beyond its reproductive implications. In this blog post, we'll delve into the scientific aspects of PCOS, its systemic effects, and the elevated risk of comorbidities, particularly cardiovascular disease. Understanding and effectively managing PCOS is vital, even for couples not actively trying to conceive.

The Cardiovascular Connection:

PCOS, often viewed primarily as a reproductive disorder, is intricately linked to cardiovascular health. Research reveals that individuals with PCOS face an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive approach to management. By addressing the underlying pathophysiological factors of PCOS, couples cannot only improve the hormonal disorder but also potentially support heart health.

Hypertension and PCOS:

One of the concerning comorbidities associated with PCOS is hypertension, a condition marked by elevated blood pressure. Studies indicate that PCOS patients have a higher risk of developing hypertension, independent of body mass index (BMI) and at earlier ages. A significant study involving over 9000 patients found that individuals with PCOS face a 37% greater risk of hypertension compared to those without the syndrome

Pregnancy and Blood Pressure Issues:

For PCOS patients, the challenges can extend to pregnancy, with those that are either underweight or obese are estimated to have a 62% higher risk of developing blood pressure issues. The intricate relationship between PCOS and hypertension can be multifaceted, involving androgen hormones, insulin resistance, and elevated aldosterone hormone levels.

Arterial Stiffness and Atherosclerosis:

PCOS brings an added risk of arterial stiffness, attributed to elevated androgen levels. During pregnancy, PCOS patients exhibit increased arterial stiffness compared to those without PCOS. Moreover, PCOS is associated with a higher risk of atherosclerosis, often presenting as 'silent' plaque buildup in the arteries, emphasizing the importance of proactive cardiovascular monitoring.

Mitigating Cardiovascular Risks:

Addressing cardiovascular risks in PCOS involves a multifaceted approach. Clinical monitoring, lifestyle modifications, and treating underlying risk factors, such as insulin resistance, are pivotal. Supporting a healthy weight, maintaining stable blood sugar levels, and ensuring healthy cholesterol levels are essential strategies in helping to mitigate the risk of cardiovascular disease for individuals with PCOS. This article is being shared as educational content and is in no way a replacement for medical advice or medical care, it is advised that anyone concerned about their Health should speak with their Naturopathic Doctor. Please discuss with your healthcare provider and only make changes to your medications regimen if recommended by your doctor and under their guidance and supervision.

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