PCOS: The Hormonal Challenge
It is commonly recognized that by understanding the roots of your condition, you are then set to tackle it effectively. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one such condition; it’s important to recognize the root cause, which is insulin resistance. A condition where the body becomes less responsive to this hormone, blood sugar regulation becomes challenging, ultimately triggering the overproduction of androgens in the ovaries ⎯ all of which leads to the development of PCOS. From irregular periods to fertility issues, this hormonal imbalance disrupts not only ovulation and menstrual cycles but also metabolic and emotional health.
If the recent studies which reveal that up to 20% of women aged 18 - 45 years or of childbearing age suffer from PCOS globally isn’t worrying enough, then the fact that 70% of women remain undiagnosed may raise some eyebrows. The consequences of untreated PCOS can be significant; with increased risks of metabolic disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and reproductive complications, PCOS is both prevalent and dangerous.
Thankfully, the rise in awareness and discussion around women’s health and PCOS also sparked a surge in research into various treatment approaches ⎯ Inositol-based supplements and metformin medications ⎯ as remedies for insulin resistance, a common symptom contributing to hormonal imbalance. Among these interventions, studies highlighted that the 40:1 ratio of Myo-Inositol and D-Chiro-Inositol is in fact the optimal formulation for reversing insulin resistance and promoting hormonal harmony. While this may sound like an all-inclusive solution, is it truly enough to tackle this complex hormonal disorder?