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A case study on PCOS and type 2 diabetes

3rd July 2014

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition where women have an imbalance of female hormones also known as estrogen. This condition is likely to lead to irregular periods, difficulties in getting pregnant, acne, excess hair and even type 2 diabetes, a new research study has showed.

Below is a summary of some of the main findings that were collected on the recent experiment on PCOS and type 2 diabetes.

A closer insight into the study

The study, which focused on the link between PCOS and type 2 diabetes, was carried out by researchers, from Monash University, Australia. Their research was based on 6,000 women between the age groups 25-28 years, who they followed for 9 years. They found that 500 women out of the group they followed were at 5 times likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

"With the dramatic rise in diabetes, this research highlights the need for greater awareness and screening, especially in high risk groups including young women with PCOS" Professor Teede added.

Why PCOS and type 2 diabetes may have a link

It's clear that PCOS can cause women several problems, like weight gain, excess hair, breakouts and much more. Researchers have suggested that this can also have a negative effect on the insulin that is produced in our body.

Many women with PCOS have too much insulin in their bodies and have trouble using it all up. Long-term, constant high levels of insulin can lead to a risk of type 1 or 2 diabetes, if not controlled at an earlier stage in life.

PCOS treatment options

There isn't a definitive cure for PCOS, but don't get too disheartened if you are a sufferer or think you may be. There are many effective PCOS treatment programmes available that will help you gain control and manage some of the challenging symptoms.

Treatments like laser hair removal for excess unwanted bodily hair have worked wonders on PCOS patients, giving them a chance to boost their self-esteem and confidence. Other treatments like laser treatment for acne have also been a popular choice among PCOS patients for clearer and pimple-free skin.

Get in touch with one of our expert dermatologists to find out more about the different PCOS related treatment options.

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