Glad to hear that the BP was a false alarm. I have both HBP and higher than normal cholesterol but heart disease and HBP runs on both sides of my family so it is hard to know if it is simply from PCOS for me.
Keep pushing forward on your health journey and hopefully you won't have to worry about either!
I feel that they are definitely correlated. Partially because many women with PCOS are apple shaped and that alone is a higher risk factor for heart disease. High cholesterol is also an issue and that may or may not be related but as the PP said, PCOS is basically metabolic disorder with more components. I found this article you may find helpful.
i have pcos and type 2 diabetes. i take metformin, but i also take lisinopril and simvastatin. my cholesterol started getting higher and i didn't get it down on my own. my blood pressure has never been all that bad, but when you're a diabetic they want it to be on the low side of normal because you are at greater risk for heart disease.
i'm no doctor, but i believe that pcos, insulin resistance/type 2 diabetes, and metabolic disorder (high cholesterol and blood pressure) are all related. all of them develop due to hormonal imbalances in the metabolic system. so, once you get one, it is highly likely that one or more of the others will follow, particularly if there is family history or if your behaviors (eating, exercising) are not healthy ones.
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Specifically high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
I've had high cholesterol (or, at least, it's been hovering around 200) for the past 3 or 4 years or so and I don't think my BP has ever been below 120 for quite some time. I can't remember if it was normal at last year's checkup or not.
But we had a grant funded group in to work today and I don't quite know if it's just been that stressful of a week this week or what, but my BP was 143/91 and spiked 24 points when I stood. And the fellow doing the reading began talking about watching out for heart disease.
I'm not currently on metformin and I don't know if I'm IR either, as my doctor has said I've got PCOS, but never said anything about IR. I'm going to be asking her Monday when I go to see her, as well as wringing a few more things out of her.
Have any of the rest of you had these kinds of symptoms? I exercise regularly and over the past, oh, 10 months or so I've managed to drop 25 pounds without medication and I'm still working on the other 40-50. If you've had these symptoms and weren't on Met, did starting Met help clear them up? I know that heart disease runs strong in my family (my dad has his first attack at 46, my grandpa at 55), but I've also heard there's a link between it and PCOS.
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