Polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOD is a hormonal disease that today affects one in ten women, and whose symptoms range from irregular periods and obesity to increased vulnerability towards diabetes.
Unfortunately, women’s reproductive health has long been neglected, and it is only now that studies are actively trying to understand this still-mysterious problem. What many studies agree upon is that PCOD seems to be on the rise, either due to better diagnosis, increasing actual incidences, or a mix of both.
Given the massive impact that PCOD can have on women’s physical and mental health and their plans for starting a family, it has become important to understand why PCOD is rising. Some studies have pointed the fingers towards increasing stress and anxiety levels, as women now face the pressure to juggle work and home, keep themselves safe, and expand boundaries of possibilities for themselves. All of this taxes the body and the endocrine system, increasing vulnerability for PCOD.
Women’s lifestyle has also increasingly begun to be dictated by external forces, including materialism and work, which increases their vulnerability towards the disease. Studies have found that the modern lifestyle, with its minimal exercising, poor dietary habits, and pressures that induce behaviors such as alcohol consumption and smoking put women at an increased risk for the problem. The condition becomes even more fragile for those who have a family history of the disease, as genetic vulnerability along with poor environmental factors can increase the risk for PCOD.
Obesity is often the consequence of poor lifestyle habits, and new research suggests that more women may become vulnerable to PCOD due to increasing rates of obesity amongst women. Low insulin levels and insulin resistance, fueled by a similar poor lifestyle, are also major causes of concern.
Another reason why PCOD is on the rise is because medical knowledge about the condition is still scarce, which makes it difficult to develop early intervention strategies and preventive measures that can protect young women from the disease.
While there not be a hundred percent surety for you, if you are at the risk of PCOD, or have already been diagnosed with the problem, you should not lose hope. Though challenging, PCOD is certainly something that can be overcome with proper medical support and a healthy lifestyle characterized by a good diet, exercise, yoga, and social support can help you not only keep the problem in control, but also thrive in spite of it.