Despite being one of the most common endocrine disorders, PCOS receives less than .1% of funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Worldwide, PCOS affects 6% to 10% of women, making it the most common endocrine disorder in women of childbearing age.
By age 40, 40% of women with PCOS will develop pre-diabetes or diabetes.
The diagnostic criteria for PCOS states that a woman has PCOS if she has at least 2 of the following 3 criteria: a. Irregular or absent periods, b. blood tests or physical signs that show high androgens, c. Polycystic ovaries
The United States spends an estimated $4 billion annually to identify and manage PCOS.
Women with PCOS are at a higher risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea due to the influence of androgens affecting sleep receptors in the brain
PCOS is the most common cause of ovulatory infertility.
Know your numbers: women with PCOS have a 70% prevalence of elevated triglycerides and low HDL (“good” cholesterol). Changes to diet and lifestyle can improve levels.
In PCOS, there is a rapid conversion from impaired glucose tolerance to type 2 diabetes. For this reason, the Androgen Excess and PCOS Society recommends yearly blood screening.
Women with PCOS have more testosterone and can build muscle easierthan women without the syndrome.
It is important if you are taking metformin or oral contraceptives to also take a B12 supplement as the drug can interfere with absorption of the vitamin. A lack of B12 can cause permanent and serious problems.
The follicles typically seen in PCOS are actually the result of a hormonal imbalance, not the cause of the syndrome.
One of the earliest signs of elevated androgens in adolescents with PCOS is acne.
Women with PCOS may have more difficulty breastfeeding and producing sufficient milk for their babies.
Inositol in a 40:1 ratio of Myo to DCI, can improve both metabolic and hormonal aspects of PCOS.
Eating protein and/or fat-containing foods every 3 to 5 hours throughout the day may help to stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent cravings in PCOS.