Here at Parker Place we recognize that many medical problems can be addressed by making healthy changes in what we eat, how we move, and how we manage stress. Some of the medical issues that can be treated with lifestyle changes are PCOS, Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, and elevated liver enzymes, to name a few. Today, I would like to focus on understanding PCOS.
What is PCOS?
PCOS is a very common medical issue that affects between 4-12% of women and adolescents in the United States. The acronym stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This would imply that everyone with this syndrome has cysts on their ovaries but, in fact, that isn’t the case. It turns out that women and teenagers with PCOS have a variety of signs (visual things you can see on a physical exam) and symptoms (things a person feels or experiences) but everyone with PCOS is not alike. In medicine, a syndrome is a group of signs and symptoms which appear together and characterize a medical condition. In most medical syndromes, you need to have a certain number of the typical signs and symptoms to make a diagnosis and this is true for PCOS as well.