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Maybe fat people ARE angry?

I was reading a fascinating article about a man who experienced loss of testosterone during treatment for his prostate (see link). He said: "When I was stoked up on testosterone in the old days, for example, I would obsess about exacting revenge on those who offended me. Now I see the foolishness in such macho fury."

That reminded me of a period in my life that was very stressful, during which I gained a lot of weight, and during which I had a huge amount of anger and hatred for the people causing my stress.

Then I read about PCOS:
"Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is often considered a symptom rather than a disease. In other words, many conditions that inhibit ovulation can cause the ovaries to appear polycystic and to secrete more androgens (testosterone) than normal. On the other hand, this condition often seems to run in families so it must represent a specific genetic disease in some instances. Suffice it to say that PCOS may have multiple causes, and at least sometimes there is a genetic inherited cause, but not always.

PCOS is often associated with excess body hair growth (hirsutism), obesity, non insulin dependent diabetes mellitus and high blood pressure. Current concepts are that the obesity is either a cause or a result of insulin resistance and that the high insulin levels in turn cause excess androgen production in the ovary. ...Thus it is likely that PCOS is often a sign of insulin resistance syndrome and the insulin resistance precedes the androgen excess."

So, in my case, could my stress have caused the obesity and the insulin-resistance, which caused anovulation, which caused too much testosterone, which caused anger and even worse coping ability and even more stress....? Yowza! No wonder I gained weight. Anyone out there experienced anger symptoms after weight gain?


Tue. Mar 27, 8:48am

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You know-my sister has PCOS, a really severe case, and her doctor told her that since her case is so severe, it is very likely that one of her other sisters has it too and is undiagnosed (there are 5 girls in our family). I have blond hair but most definitely have excess facial hair for my age, I have high blood pressure, and I am no longer overweight thanks to a couple of years of serious exercise/diet and determination, but I absolutely have more anger about stupid things than I think I really should! I always have joked that I probably have too much testosterone! Yet when I mention PCOS to my doctor, he takes one look at my current size (normal for my height) and the fact that I do have normal periods and says "No, I don't think you have it".

Maybe I'm just angry because I'm hairy.


Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 12:46 PM

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My doctor would not consider PCOS as my problem either. I'm 24 years old and sprout random chin hairs often and have ovary pain (I decided it must be ovary since it was too low to be stomach and not in my back like a kidney pain). Anyways, I'm 125 lbs and 5'3 so my doc laughed at me when I asked if she thought I might have PCOS. She insisted it was just menstrual cramping (I have irregular periods) but that I was skipping the period. Well, finally I went to a new doc and lo and behold, I do have PCOS and I'm at a healthy weight (however, I gain weight very easily!) 12:46 poster, get a 2nd opinion especially if you're having pains. I feel much better now...rarely ever have the "kicked-in-the-ovary-feeling" i used to get. :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 3:39 PM

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The sad thing about PCOS is that it's so easily treated, but we have to harrass doctors to check us for it. I mean come on, it affects about 10% of us to varying degrees, it's not that farfetched.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007, 7:55 PM

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especially male doctors are going to blow you off if you ask to be diagnosed with PCOS --- i had to self -diagnose when i was 18 - because they said I was too young to have it -- i didn't have a period for 8 mon, gained 60 lbs in less than a month, have chin hairs that i have to pluck daily, have a "happy trail" that i have to bleach and/or delipitate (is that right?), .... PCOS hair growth runs down the center of the body... so any arm hair, etc. is not considered a pcos symptom... I basically had to have a cyst rupture and cause me to be paralyzed for 3 days from the waist down to be diagnosed...

some women DO NOT have the absent or varied periods

some women DO NOT have th weight gain... you can have all or any of the symtoms.. which also include sever acne and male pattern BALDNESS.

ever see any over-weight women that have chin hairs and appear to have very thinning hair on their heads? i see them often -- chances are VERY HIGH they have PCOS.

I hate PCOS and I hate that there is no "cure" just treatment - which is many different types of drugs, which either work or they done - depending on your body --- and mine jsut happens to not lke any ofthem - so i cannot control the symptoms.

i can gain 10 lb in just a couple days if i am not careful..

if you THINK you have PCOS - you probably do.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007, 8:17 PM

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I must have really good doctors because I have been checked for it twice and I had no idea what it was. I didn't have it. I'm still looking for the reason that I'm fat and angry! ;-)

Thursday, May 17, 2007, 6:34 AM

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