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As our age shifts, so does our weight. This causes increased health risks with PCOS.

Does it frustrate you to hear that you must lose weight in order to improve your PCOS symptoms when PCOS makes it difficult to lose weight? Yup, that's how I felt, too. Not all women with PCOS are overweight, but it's still important to maintain a healthy body. Check out this article by Katie Humphrey for more information on maintaining a healthy weight with PCOS as we get older. WHY WOMEN WITH PCOS ARE AT PARTICULAR RISK WHEN WEIGHT GAIN SHIFTS WITH AGE Weight gain shifts as we grow older, with younger women tending to gain weight on their thighs and hips. That is me for sure. I pack it all on in the thighs and butt. But after menopause, weight gain often moves to the midsection, increasing the chance of developing the cluster of risk factors for heart disease called metabolic syndrome (syndrome x), which is closely linked with PCOS. Those of us with the hormonal imbalance caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome are already at greater risk of the onset of metabolic syndrome because of numerous "shared" symptoms. These include high blood pressure, increased levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol and reduced HDL "good" cholesterol. An expanding waist measurement is now thought by many doctors to be a more accurate predictor of a heart attack than overall weight. Heart disease kills up to almost six times more women than all forms of cancer combined. It's not all bad news, however. Luckily, deep abdominal fat, which is stored around our internal organs, responds more quickly to regular exercise than other kinds of fat. So you have two choices. Either work out a safe exercise program based on the advice of your doctor in conjunction with your PCOS treatment program. Or, if you're experiencing success, be sure to stick with the exercise regime you already follow to help better manage PCOS symptoms like weight gain and avoid the onset of metabolic syndrome. Weight loss will come when you're exercising and making healthy choices. Just be patient, give it time, and focus mostly on wanting to be healthier. If you don't need to lose weight, it's still important to exercise and take care of your body. This week, take a step in the right direction and increase your exercise, whether you're a beginner or a fitness junky. Get moving and you'll feel better and, ultimately, see the effects on the outside! Read My Story and how I reversed my own PCOS and learn about how my Wellness Support Challenge Groups help others reverse PCOS symptoms