PCOS Review Newsletter #24

Newly Discovered Hunger Hormone in PCOS Women

As a woman who has polycystic ovary syndrome, you may have discovered that you have a hard time staying away from food, especially if you are overweight. In spite of tremendous willpower, you are driven to eat.

Or, even if your willpower prevails and you don't overeat, you are usually hungry and cannot lose fat weight.

The reason that you are having these problems is that the hormones that govern your appetite and fat regulation are just not working properly.

There are dozens of hormones and other signaling molecules that either stimulate or inhibit food intake. They form an exceedingly complex web of interrelationships.

You may have heard that if you could just get control of your insulin, you will not feel as hungry and your weight will melt away. While this is partially true, it's an oversimplification. In fact, you may have numerous hormones or signaling molecules that are out of balance -- either overactive or underactive.

There is no single factor that governs your weight, your fat metabolism or your hunger. It is a bewildering combination of factors, all interacting or influencing one another. An imbalance or disturbance of one signaling molecule will affect others, which in turn will affect still others.

No one, including research scientists and doctors, fully understands the functions and relationships of all these various signaling molecules, particularly as they exist in each unique woman. And, there are probably additional signaling molecules that haven't yet been discovered.

One recently discovered hormone is called "ghrelin". It helps to regulate how much food you eat and how much weight you gain.

Ghrelin is discussed in The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility ebook.

Source: The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility, 2006

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