Insulin Resistance: Both obesity and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are associated with insulin resistance, which can lead to elevated insulin levels and contribute to hormonal imbalances.
Hormonal Imbalances: PCOS involves an imbalance of reproductive hormones, particularly elevated levels of androgens (male hormones). Obesity can exacerbate hormonal imbalances, leading to irregular menstrual cycles and other symptoms.
Increased Risk of PCOS: Obesity is considered a risk factor for the development of PCOS, and women with obesity are more likely to experience symptoms associated with PCOS.
Impact on Fertility: PCOS and obesity can independently contribute to fertility issues, and when combined, they may further complicate reproductive health, making it challenging for women to conceive.
Metabolic Complications: The combination of PCOS and obesity increases the risk of metabolic complications, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular issues.
Inflammation: Both conditions are associated with chronic low-grade inflammation, which may contribute to the development and progression of PCOS and obesity-related complications.
Lifestyle Management: Lifestyle modifications, including weight loss through healthy eating and regular physical activity, are often recommended as a primary intervention for managing both PCOS and obesity.
Medical Treatment: Medical interventions may be prescribed to address specific symptoms of PCOS, such as hormonal contraceptives to regulate menstrual cycles, alongside lifestyle changes for managing obesity.