Insulin Resistance

Hormone Imbalance

Insulin resistance is one of the root physiological imbalances in most, if not all, cases of PCOS. This happens when your pancreas needs to pump out more and more insulin in response to high blood sugar levels. Insulin lowers your blood sugar by storing the glucose in cells.

Insulin Resistance

Signs and Symptoms

  • Can’t lose weight
  • Cravings
  • Headaches
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Triglycerides
  • Belly Fat
  • Constant Hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Skin Tags
Skin Discoloration/Acanthosis nigricans

Skin Discoloration/Acanthosis Nigricans

The skin manifestations of insulin resistance can help to diagnose the condition and its complications. Skin manifestations can include:

  • Acanthosis nigricans
  • Acrochordons (skin tags)
  • Acne
  • Hirsutism
  • Androgenetic alopecia (male pattern hair loss).


  • Missed periods, irregular periods, or very light periods.
  • Ovaries that are large or have many cysts.
  • Excess body hair, including the chest, stomach, and back (hirsutism)
  • Weight gain, especially around the belly (abdomen)
  • Acne or oily skin.
  • Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair.
  • Infertility.

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