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The PCOS Solution

PCOS depression and insulin resistance the connection

Friday, December 18, 2015
It’s no secret that many women with PCOS also experience depression: researchers estimate that as many as 40% are affected. What’s known is that having PCOS promotes depression: There’s the self-esteem eroding effect of facial hairiness, acne, the difficulty with losing weight, disruption to your menstrual cycle and on top of all that, the threat your dysfunctional ovaries pose to your fertility. 

What’s also known is that people with depression are more likely to have insulin resistance. And people with insulin resistance are more likely to be depressed.

The connection between insulin resistance, depression and PCOS becomes clearer when you consider that insulin resistance is the disorder underpinning PCOS, so it’s probable that if you have PCOS you probably have insulin resistance too, and if you have insulin resistance it’s quite possible you’ll experience feelings of depression.

Because - 
- If your insulin resistance is out of control, you’re probably not exercising daily (exercise is the key to overcoming insulin resistance)
- If you’re feeling depressed you’re probably not exercising, because it’s really hard to motivate yourself off the couch when you’re feeling down. And you’re probably not eating well, either. Maybe even chasing sugary foods as a way to medicate your mood.

So here’s the rub: You need to get off the couch to overcome your depression and insulin resistance. But the very nature of depression is likely to deactivate your intentions, keeping you inactive, still depressed, and heading towards diabetes. 

What’s the way out of this tangle? Either you’re going to have to somehow get yourself out the door and moving, plus overcome those cravings for sugary foods. A tough ask when you can barely get yourself out from under the doona and into the day.

The key to escape from this trap could be in getting help to shift your mood enough to get you started, and support to help you keep the momentum going solidly enough to overcome the insulin resistance and the depression. Then your PCOS symptoms are likely to ease, and your fertility is enhanced.

Mother Nature, bless her cotton socks, has a huge range of remedies waiting to help you; whether it’s herbs, homoeopathic remedies, or nutrient supplements. Your naturopathic practitioner will select the right supplements to help you keeping your safety in mind (Remember that many medications and natural remedies clash, so please don’t self-prescribe). Your practitioner will also help you overcome the thinking blocks that have kept you weighed down, unmotivated and depressed.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also enjoy 'Natural Treatments For PCOS' and why not download your free e-book 'When Good Hormones Go Bad'

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