How to Prevent Diabetes if you have PCOS

Nearly 50% of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) develop pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes before the age of 40. This is alarming statistic highlights the need for aggressive interventions that can reduce the chances of women with PCOS developing diabetes. The good news is that diabetes can be prevented. The first step is getting educated about why PCOS can lead to diabetes and what you can do about it. Below are some of the best proven ways to lower your risk for developing diabetes if you have PCOS.

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PCOS and Endometrial Cancer: What Women Need to Know

While women with PCOS have not been shown to be at a higher risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer, they are at an increased risk for endometrial cancer, this according to findings of a large population-based cohort study of over 8,000 women with PCOS. This study, published in the Journal of Medicine found that women with PCOS have an overall 17-fold higher risk of developing endometrial cancer. An alarming finding was that the majority of women with endometrial cancer were under the age of 50. Earlier reports showed women with PCOS and endometrial hyperplasia have four times greater risk of developing endometrial cancer than women without PCOS. Endometrial cancer can be prevented. Here’s what women with PCOS need to know about endometrial cancer and how to reduce their risk.

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PCOS and Hair Loss: Effective Treatment Options

Hair loss is one of the most frustrating symptoms reported by women with PCOS. Hair loss is also one of the hardest symptoms to treat. The good news is that newer treatment options are offering hope. Here are some of the most effective treatments for hair loss for those suffering from PCOS.

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Highlights from the New International PCOS Guidelines

Did you hear? The newly released International evidence-based guidelines for the assessment and management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) were released this week. Designed to provide clear information to assist clinical decision making and support optimal patient care, these guidelines encompass the culmination of the work of over 3,000 health professionals and consumers internationally. These guidelines reflect the newest advancements in PCOS research and offer more insight into better managing and treating PCOS. Here’s what they got right-and wrong!

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea and PCOS

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Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are at a higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) according to findings presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Androgen Excess & PCOS Society. One report suggests PCOS women are 30 times more likely to have OSA (low slow wave activity, sleep loss, oxygen deficiency) than compared with controls. Here’s what women with PCOS need to know about OSA.

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PCOS and Hysterectomy: Is it a Cure?

It is a large myth that a hysterectomy is a cure for the millions of women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). As the name implies, PCOS does involve the ovaries, a source of excess androgens and the frustrating and unwanted symptoms that go with it. It would then seem likely that removal of the ovaries would cure PCOS. However much is now know about PCOS beyond the ovaries and how it changes with age. Here’s what women with PCOS should know about the pros and cons of a hysterectomy and why women can still suffer from the hormonal effects of PCOS even with their ovaries removed.

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