I guess it’s a good thing that Scientists and Doctors are researching PCOS. However it’s unfortunate that they are discovering new symptoms that could potentially cause more health issues for us Cysters.
It has recently been discovered that women with PCOS are more likely to develop Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). This seems to be caused by the excess Hormone Testosterone that is found in many women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Go figure, the overwhelming amount of hair and inability to ovulate on our own wasn’t enough of an issue. Of course, insulin resistance and obesity is also the culprit in causing this disease which is a common side effect of PCOS. NAFLD is a loose term that means your liver stores too much fat in its cells, which can eventually result in liver failure much like an alcoholic.
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease most times does not have any symptoms. If there is, it is generally described as upper right abdomen pain and fatigue (these days, who isn’t fatigued???). From early stages and on, it develops into Cirrhosis and liver failure. But we’re not going to worry about that, because we are going to take care of ourselves. Right? Right.
So why am I sharing this with you? Not to scare you, that’s for sure. It’s important to be educated and also to be your own biggest advocate. Knowing that liver complications could be an underlying issue for us means that there could be other testing and monitoring that should be done regularly. If your Doctor doesn’t bring it up for you, then speak up and tell them your concern. We have to fight for our own health, especially if others won’t do it for us.
Can you guess what we need to do to make sure we prevent this horrible disease?? If you guessed “living a healthy lifestyle” than you guessed right! Everything pertaining to PCOS seems to point to the same thing. Just be healthy!
- Eat a healthy, plant-based diet with tons of fruit, veggies, and legumes. I am starting to post some of my favorite PCOS friendly recipes HERE to get you started!
- Lose those extra pounds. Being in the healthy BMI weight range can SIGNIFICANTLY decrease all of the horrible symptoms that come along with PCOS, which now includes Fatty Liver Disease. I know it’s hard, but the added effort will all be worth it in the long run!
- Get Active! You don’t have to run five miles or lift weights 2 hours a day (unless that’s your thing!). Find something you love and get moving. Go for a nature walk, take a Zumba class, play some Badminton in the yard at night! Anything that gets your heart going is going to be beneficial. And plus, no one has ever said “dang, I wish I didn’t work out today”. You will feel amazing!
I know, I know. PCOS SUCKS. There’s no kinder way to say it. But with a little added effort we can live a happy, long, wonderful life just like we dream of! Do some soul-searching and decide what’s really worth it for you. Maybe having a family is your motivator (It’s certainly mine!) Or maybe a short-term goal is an easier option. Finishing a Spartan Race, Fitting into your high school jeans, making it to the top of a mountain. Whatever it is, find it, and STRIVE towards it! WE’VE GOT THIS.
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