Our PCOS experts address PCOS and weight to help you regain balance
An estimated 5 to 10 million women in the U.S. live with polycystic ovary syndrome, PCOS, and deal with the unpleasant symptoms caused by this hormone disorder. Because of his commitment to helping women better manage PCOS, Dr. Joel Batzofin, the medical director at New York Fertility Services, has opened a PCOS clinic to provide advanced therapy for women with this condition.
Patients who visit our Manhattan fertility center will meet with our PCOS doctor and nutritionist to discuss their specific situations and determine the best options for addressing issues related to PCOS, including weight gain.
PCOS affects weight, fertility and long-term health
Characterized by a variety of symptoms that can accompany the syndrome, PCOS can result in menstrual cycle irregularities, unwanted hair growth, acne, fertility issues and obesity. Additionally, our PCOS doctor often finds that women with PCOS are insulin-resistant, which means the body doesn’t process sugar very well, resulting in higher than normal levels of insulin. These elevated insulin levels may boost the production of male hormones, often triggering irregular periods, body hair growth and weight gain.
In women with PCOS, the additional weight occurs because of the excess in male hormones, so the extra pounds tend to develop in the abdomen. Unfortunately, abdominal fat creates the greatest health risks and is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, as well as other health conditions. Research shows that women dealing with PCOS also face a higher risk for sleep apnea and high cholesterol and other serious health issues, including endometrial cancer and Type-2 diabetes.
Health recommendations for managing PCOS and weight
In our PCOS clinic, Dr. Batzofin and his team design a customized treatment program. Often, our PCOS doctor recommends that patients work with our skilled nutritionist to develop personalized goals and track progress. With PCOS, even a 10% weight loss can help alleviate issues and improve overall health and fertility.
The following general guidelines from our PCOS doctor can help you make positive changes in your lifestyle.
- Know your BMI.
- Choose low-sugar, fiber-rich foods.
- Eat frequent small meals.
- Make 30 minutes a day of exercise a priority.
- Limit alcohol intake.
- Quit smoking.
- Partner with your doctor to monitor weight, cholesterol and blood pressure.
Dealing with PCOS, including weight gain, can create frustration. At New York Fertility Services, we work with patients to develop customized treatment plans. Contact us for more information about our PCOS clinic or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Batzofin.