I went to the Dr. today for a checkup. He's an endocrinologist that I have been seeing for about 13 years. When I was 15, I was diagnosed with Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrom (PCOS). It actually has another name, but I can't remember what it is. Anyway, when I was 15, he put me on birth control to regulate my cycles, to help with acne, and to prevent excess hair from growing. AUGH! It worked wonders. Because I have this syndrome, I produce a little more testosterone naturally than other females, so that helps with putting muscle on. Yesterday, I weighed in at a whopping 156 and we talked about how that was 20 lbs. higher than my visit 2 years ago. This may also have something to do with the fact that I started taking Paxil, an antidepresant drug that works miracles! I told him that I am excercising and eating much better, but it doesn't seem to work for loosing weight. I was told that since I have this syndrome, my body is basically in a pre-diabetic stage that could either develop in to diabetes or not. If my weight doesn't go back down, then my chances of becoming diabetic rise. This syndrome makes my body either insulin sensitive or resistant...I'll have to research it to figure that part out. (By the way, this is something that I inherited. Many women have it and don't even know it. )
Even when my body is thin, my insulin sensitivity is worse than an obese person without PCOS. This makes it very hard for my body to lose weight. So, what I am wondering is what you guys think about that info. I will research PCOS some more and fill you in on the insulin part. If anyone else has had experience with this, please help me out!
I posted this in my journal, but decided to post out here to see if anyone knew anything about PCOS and insulin sensitivity.
One solution may be to get off the paxil and see what my weight does. I just don't know if I'm ready to try that. I don't get suicidal or anything like that, I just get really emotional about my weight. If I'm losing, then I'm usually fine. If I'm not, then I am a basketcase. Anyway, I've written too much.
Thanks in advance....