Know the connection between irregular periods and heart diseases

Studies revealed that women with PCOS have a whopping 28% higher risk of developing heart problems than women who normally menstruate

Monthly periods are usually taken as a good sign of well-being. However, having irregular periods is something that draws concern. From the risk of PCOS, stress and reproductive health, irregular periods can take a huge toll on vital body functioning. In fact, as per doctors, your periods can also have an impact on your heart health. PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the prime causes which lead to irregular menstruation.

Known to affect 1 in 8 women of reproductive ages, PCOS is starting to turn into an epidemic on its own, with more and more cases being reported in recent years. The condition, which is hugely caused by lifestyle problems, hormonal imbalances can lead to problematic effects on the overall health, including weight gain, hormonal disruption, disturbed period flow, reproductive issues and flag the risk of metabolic differences. 

Studies have also found that women who do have PCOS have a whopping 28% higher risk of developing heart problems than women who normally menstruate and do not suffer from consequential irregularities. With PCOS, one of the primary features which is reported amongst most women is irregular periods. The troubled periods are caused by hormonal problems, which further offset metabolic differences, including insulin resistance. Having excess levels of male hormones in the body, along with insulin resistance (which is characteristic of diabetes) can raise cholesterol, lipid profiles as well. Women undergoing period problems could put them at the risk of developing heart diseases.

Manage PCOS and reduce your risk of heart disease

Work towards weight reduction and maintaining good BMI levels suitable for your age and height. Follow a good diet, and minimize intake of added sugar and processed foods. Have an antioxidant, protein rich diet. Lessen your dependence on junk, preserved, packaged or other foods which may have chemical traces. Some women also benefit from going gluten-free or dairy-free. Make sure you work out or engage in physical activity, 4-5 times a week. Moderate intensity exercises are best suited. Work to reduce your stress levels. Try following yoga and meditation to seek therapeutic relief. Follow heart-healthy practices. Ensure you get undisturbed, regular sleep.
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Renu Gupta

With a background in Pharmacy which is the clinical health science that links medical science with chemistry, I had the desire to mix creativity to these fields. Medicircle provides me an avenue to apply my training in science and interest in creativity together.

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