If you are a woman who stores fat primarily in your belly, rather than your hips and can't lose weight, no matter how hard you try, you may have polycystic ovary syndrome and could be cured just by eating a diabetic diet and taking diabetic medicine. Women with this syndrome also have excess hair on their faces and bodies, lose hair on the top of their heads, often suffer from acne during their teen years, have a family history of diabetes, have irregular periods, often find it difficult to become pregnant, have high blood levels of triglycerides, have low blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol that prevents heart attacks and have multiple cysts on their ovaries.
All of these signs and symptoms are caused by inability to respond to insulin and having high blood insulin levels. A woman is born with around 4 million eggs in her ovaries. Each month, one egg ripens and drops from the ovary into the uterus. High blood insulin levels cause the ovaries to produce large amounts of a hormone called inhibin that prevents eggs from being released, so they stay on the varies to form cysts. These women are at high risk for heart attacks and uterine cancer, but both of these conditions can be prevented by diabetic diets and medicines.
If you think that you may have this condition, get a sonogram of your ovaries. Even if you don't have cysts, you could still have this condition. Then you should avoid all bakery products, pastas, sugar-added foods and drinks, and fruit juices and eat root vegetables and fruits only with meals. Also take the diabetic medication, Glucophage, before each meal.
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