Gastric Sleeve PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
I have PCOS and Gastric Sleeve, something I touched on in “My Gastric Sleeve and Me“, the first blog I wrote about my weight loss surgery. I wrote about how my PCOS was one of the main factors I became obese in the first place. Before I had my surgery, my surgeon explained to me that a sleeve gastrectomy could help me immensely because I have PCOS and Gastric Sleeve. I wasn’t aware of that before and that hadn’t been part of my reasons why I thought surgery was an option for me.
Hungry All The Time: Gastric Sleeve All I knew was that I couldn’t lose the weight on my own. I had tried. I mean, I had REALLY tried. And it was impossible. I was hungry all the time, I mean ALL THE TIME. I wasn’t losing weight no matter how little I ate, when I was on a diet it took over my life, my thoughts and my whole being. I couldn’t do it. And the bigger I got, the more impossible it seemed. And then I felt weak and like a failure… those who know me will tell you that failing is my least favourite thing, I have to be the best at everything and I have to win. Well, I wasn’t winning… no matter the effort.
Insulin, Leptin and Ghrelin:Recent medical research has shown that an incredibly complex biochemical signalling disorder is responsible for a lot of the weight problems experienced by women with PCOS Gastric Sleeve. Basically, the cells in your body act on signals received from the stomach and throughout the body.
Insulin: Hormones like insulin tell the cells in the body how to act, and in PCOS sufferers, this signalling is dysfunctional.When you have PCOS, your body has a form of insulin resistance. Insulin stores blood sugar (glucose) in cells, and women with PCOS have higher insulin levels than they should have, meaning the insulin in their body isn’t able to work in the way it’s meant to, and the body then produces much more in order to get the blood sugar stored into cells. And that causes your body to retain fat.
Leptin: The fat cells in our bodies produce hormones, which is one of the reasons that overweight women often also have hormonal issues. One of the hormones produced by your fat cells is leptin, a hormone that sends signals to your brain when fat cells are full.
Your brain then uses this signal for your body to maintain it’s energy balance. Leptin is an important factor in the overall weight management and in the regulating of appetite. When the leptin level in your body is not in balance, this is when you feel hungry and crave food.
Ghrelin: Ghrelin is our “hunger hormone” and for severe PCOS sufferers it is the main culprit! Ghrelin is produced in the stomach and it’s main function is sending hunger signals to our brains and thereby regulating how hungry we are. In non-PCOS Gastric Sleeve sufferers, the ghrelin level will spike before a meal and down afterwards. Women with severe PCOS Gastric Sleeve have high levels of ghrelin, leaving them to feel far hungrier than others. SOURCE