You know the long list of health problems associated with being overweight: high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems and cancer. Health Central Women’s Care Dallas weighs in on the impact that those extra pounds can have on fertility, and why watching the scale is important in the teen years and into menopause.
Weight and Infertility
No surprise here: Another study points to the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight when trying to get pregnant. A program of diet, exercise and behavioral changes boosted the pregnancy rates to 48.1% (compared with 14.3%) in obese women participating in a clinical trial at the University of Sydney.
Preconception weight, in both men and women, appears to affect chances of conceiving a baby. A body mass index above 30 or below 18 can negatively impact ovulation or semen quality.
Weight and PCOS
Weight gain is one of the warning signs of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that sometimes presents in the teen years. With PCOS, the body produces too much of the male hormone testosterone, and not enough of the hormone insulin (which converts sugars and food into energy).
Your ob/gyn can diagnose PCOS, work with you on a weight loss plan and may prescribe medication to control persisting PCOS symptoms.
Weight Gain and Menopause
Hormones! We blame them for a host of problems for good reason. When estrogen and progesterone production drop off, usually between ages 45 and 55, some women gain extra weight around their midsection.
The good news is that weight gain is not inevitable. In fact, the National Institutes of Health showed that people who exercised every day for at least 10 minutes had a waistline six inches smaller than sedentary people.
Call us to schedule a time to investigate why you may be gaining weight due to PCOS, or how Health Central Women’s Care Dallas can provide resources to get you started on a sustainable weight loss plan. Maintaining a healthy weight can boost your overall health and self-confidence!