green tea helps weight loss in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common problem for women of reproductive age. That is troubling because PCOS is the most common cause of ovulatory infertility. Insulin resistance and excessive amounts of male hormones are the main causes. Another big factor is weight. But a simple cup of tea—if it’s the right cup of tea—can help.

Causes & Complications
PCOS syndrome affects 5-10% of the population, with as many as 5 million American women suffering from it. Women with PCOS suffer from at least 2 of the following:

  • Elevated levels of male hormones
  • Infrequent periods or lack of periods and ovulation
  • Enlarged ovaries with lots of small cysts

In addition to infertility and weight gain, PCOS is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease.

Weight Loss
PCOS is most common in overweight women, and being overweight makes the condition worse. So, the first step in treating PCOS is to work towards a healthy weight. Losing weight significantly reduces the causes of PCOS: blood sugar control problems and elevated male hormones (Fertil Steril 2004;81:630-637). Even modest weight loss can improve insulin sensitivity enough to lower testosterone sufficiently to restore ovulation (Fertil Steril 2004;81:630-7; NEJM 2005;352:1223-6).

Green Tea
That makes this new study exciting because it adds green tea to the list of natural things that can help women with PCOS.

This systematic review and meta-analysis included four double-blind studies of women with PCOS. Some were in a green tea group and some were in a placebo group. The women who were in the green tea group had significantly lower body weight.

This study suggests that green tea may benefit women with PCOS.

Nutr Res. 2022 Aug;104:1-9

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