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Research finds surprising link between unhealthy gut bacteria and PCOS in women

Updated on:24 January 2020, 17:32pm IST
Who would have thought that gut bacteria may higher the risk of PCOS. But that’s true and a recent study proves it too.
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PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome affects almost six to eighteen percent of women worldwide. Fluctuating weight, acne, irregular period, excessive hair (on face, chest, etc.), and many other symptoms are attached to this disease which at times makes teen age painful and frustrating. 

And if your tummy isn’t supportive enough then there are chances that this syndrome may pin you down–all thanks to unhealthy gut bacteria.  

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According to a study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism unhealthy gut bacteria may lead to earlier diagnosis of PCOS.

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Women and teen girls with PCOS may also experience side effects beyond infertility and menstrual irregularities, including anxiety and depression that continue well beyond fertile age.

“We found that in adolescents with PCOS and obesity, the bacterial profile (microbiome) from stool has more ‘unhealthy’ bacteria compared to teens without PCOS,” said Melanie Cree Green, the study’s co-author from Children’s Hospital Colorado in the US.

Green added:

The unhealthy bacteria is related to higher testosterone concentrations, and markers of metabolic complications.

Analysing the stool samples of 58 teens with obesity, the scientists found that the community of thousands of bacterial species living in the guts of girls with PCOS are altered compared to those in teens without the condition.

According to the scientists, these girls had more “unhealthy” bacteria in their stool samples which was related to higher testosterone levels, and other markers of metabolic syndrome like higher blood pressure, liver inflammation, and elevated levels of the fat molecules triglycerides.

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Don’t underestimate the power of an unhealthy gut as it may lead to PCOS. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

“The gut microbiome may play a role in PCOS and its related metabolic complications, and these changes can be found in teenagers who are early in the course of the condition,” Green said.

The bottom line is that a healthy gut is the foundation of a healthier life. And adopting a healthier lifestyle is the way forward. 

Avoiding caffeine, junk food, and inducting physical activity can be a sure shot solution for all your tummy problems. So, stay fit and kick out the chances of PCOS ones and for all.  

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