Role of Insulin Treatment in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Dr. Sabrina Gill, MD, MPH, FRCPC discusses Role of Insulin Treatment in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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Dr. Sabrina Gill, MD, MPH, FRCPC discusses Role of Insulin Treatment in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
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Featuring Dr. Sabrina Gill, MD, MPH, FRCPC

Video Title: Role of Insulin Treatment in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Duration: 1 minute, 24 seconds

In women with polysistic ovary syndrome, there is an increased risk of insulin resistance.  

Insulin is a hormone that our body normally makes to utilize sugars that we produce in our body or we get from our diet and convert that to energy. When our body is resistant to insulin, our body first compensates by making more insulin and those higher insulin levels can affect various tissues in the body causing various complications. 

In the ovary, it can increase male hormone production and therefore put you at risk for polycystic ovary syndrome and its associated symptoms. In the blood vessels, it can put you at risk of high blood pressure, it can affect your cholesterol levels, raising your bad cholesterol and your triglycerides and lowering your good cholesterol so all these factors potentially put you at risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the future.

So it's important to see your physician and have this discussion and an evaluation to screen you for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol abnormalities as well as other complications such as sleep apnea which can cause fatigue and further weight gain and to reduce those risks with changes in diet and exercise initially and even medications as needed.

Presenter: Dr. Sabrina Gill, Endocrinologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Endocrinologist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.