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How insulin resistance affects your chances of conceiving

Dear Friends,

insulin is the only hormone that can lower your blood glucose levels. It helps glucose enter the cells where it is used according to the needs of the body. In the following article, we will briefly review insulin resistance and the way it affects your chances of getting pregnant.

How insulin resistance affects your chances of conceiving

What is insulin resistance?

Insulin resistance describes a state in which the cells of the body become resistant to insulin. The pancreas attempts to “fix” this by producing more insulin. Insulin resistance is characteristic of type 2 diabetes and policystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

PCOS is one of the most common gynecological problems women experience nowadays. The symptoms include irregular menstruation, ovarial cysts, high androgen levels, hirsutism, obesity and skin problems such as acne.

High insulin levels cause the ovaries to produce more estrogens and androgens. Estrogens overproduction inhibits ovulation which leads to infertility in women with insulin resistance.

However, getting pregnant with insulin resistance takes effort and discipline. Drug therapy combined with healthy eating and lifestyle changes contribute to positive results.

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