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Hospiten Roca warns that obesity is a risk factor for gynecological diseases

Posted on 24-05-2022

Las Palmas, April 2022. Hospiten Roca warns that obesity is a risk factor for gynecological diseases. The statement is extracted from a report in which the head of the Hospiten Roca Gynecology Service, Dr. Carlos Blanco-Soler, has collaborated. The report concludes that obesity is involved in some common gynecological diseases. Being very overweight can decrease fertility, make it difficult to get pregnant or increase the chance of having breast cancer during menopause.

Obesity is a global health problem that, in Spain, affects 14.5% of citizens. Specifically, 23.1% of the Canary population is obese and 35.1% is overweight, placing the region above the national average for obesity in the country as a whole.

In the case of the female population, this number rises to 17.5%. The condition can lead to other gynecological diseases that can seriously affect a woman’s health and can even cause fatal diseases. In fact, in women with polycystic ovaries, the number of cases can reach 70%.

Among other conclusions, the study addresses the body's difficulties absorbing the components of birth control pills, leading to women using higher doses and as a result, suffering more side effects.

In addition to this, if the woman’s intention is to become pregnant, an obese woman will have greater difficulties achieving a pregnancy, since high levels of insulin stimulate the production of androgens, which are converted into estrogens and have a negative effect on the reproductive system, causing " Menstrual disturbances and ovulatory dysfunction”.

Obesity before pregnancy can lead to complications during pregnancy like gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, the need for a cesarean section, dysfunctional delivery, induced labor, premature birth, or even genetic defects in the fetus or increased infant mortality.

The study concludes that "the prevalence of metabolic syndrome is maintained during menopause". This can cause an increase in insulin resistance, abdominal obesity or high blood pressure, among other conditions.

[1]Impacto de la Obesidad en la Ginecología y Obstetricia. Estudio publicado en la revista decana TOKO-GINECOLOGÍA PRÁCTICA. Sept-2021. https://www.tokoginepractica.com/_files/ugd/99c68d_5531025551b34778866376d17bb8ecd0.pdf

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