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Why does polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) cause weight gain?

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PCOS makes it harder for your body to use the hormone insulin, which normally helps change sugars and starches from foods into energy. This condition -- called insulin resistance -- can cause insulin and sugar to build up in your bloodstream.

High insulin levels boost the production of male hormones called androgens. High androgen levels can lead to weight gain.

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: ''Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).''

Richardson, M. , 2003; vol. 68: pp. 697-704. American Family Physician

WebMD Health News: "FDA Restricts Use of Diabetes Drug Avandia."

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 31, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: ''Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).''

Richardson, M. , 2003; vol. 68: pp. 697-704. American Family Physician

WebMD Health News: "FDA Restricts Use of Diabetes Drug Avandia."

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 31, 2018

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