Why the Cohen Program Works for Managing PCOS Symptoms
30 Apr 2018
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is a condition where a woman is diagnosed to produce above normal rate of male hormones. When this happens, a hormonal imbalance occurs, and this can cause women to skip menstrual periods and makes it harder for them to get pregnant. Women with PCOS can also form cysts in the ovaries. Effects of PCOS can also extend to other part of the body. It can also cause hair growth on the face and body, and baldness. When not addressed, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can lead to many long-term health issues such as diabetes and heart disease.
Many women can have this condition and not know it. There are studies that show that up to 70% of women have undiagnosed PCOS. It also runs in families. Because the condition is related with the functioning of hormones, women with this condition are most likely overweight, which exposes them to metabolic syndrome and inflammation.
Birth control pills and diabetes drugs can help “fix” the imbalance, but the best way to help fix the imbalance is through diet.
As a diet, the Cohen’s Lifestyle Program aims to correct and fix hormones that are responsible for PCOS symptoms, one of them is Insulin. Many women with PCOS have insulin resistance, which means that their cells cannot use the hormone Insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone located in the pancreas that delivers sugar to the cells to be used as energy. When cells in our body cannot use Insulin properly, the body’s demand for Insulin increases, causing the pancreas to make more Insulin to compensate. When extra Insulin is produced, it triggers the ovaries to produce more male hormones. Because of insulin resistance, women with PCOS are obese or overweight. Obesity and insulin resistance are what can increase affected women’s risk of type 2 diabetes.
Through the diet, our body’s response to Insulin is improved and fixed. By providing a healthy diet that promotes weight loss and fat loss, the hormone Insulin can better be used by the cells, creating a healthier body.
The Cohen’s Lifestyle Program has helped many women regain their health back and their PCOS conditions alleviated, if not removed.