Women with PCOS have an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a collection of factors which include high blood pressure, insulin resistance, obesity, high triglycerides and low levels of good cholesterol or HDL. While the exact link between PCOS and elevated insulin levels is not known, it is that high insulin which is thought to increase the risk. Obesity can perpetuate the insulin problem in women with PCOS.
A new study has shown that gastric bypass surgery may be effective in helping patients manage Metabolic Syndrome. The study followed 337 patients who had metabolic syndrome: 180 had gastric bypass surgery, 157 did not. Three years later, the patients were evaluated again. In the group who had surgery, weight loss averaged 44 pounds and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome decreased from 87% to 29%. In the non surgical group, weight loss averaged 0.2 lbs and prevalence decreased from 85% to 75%.
So, what does this mean for you? While this may be an excellent tool for some women to lose weight, gastric bypass surgery is not for everyone. Besides being healthy enough, many lifestyle changes are necessary prior to having surgery. Most physicians will not consider surgical interventions without having exhausted other means of weight loss. If you are interested in weight loss surgery, speak with your doctor to determine if you are a candidate.