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What health risks are associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

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  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has a genetic component and can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes if left untreated. There is also a risk for endometrial disease, including endometrial polyps or even hyperplasia or cancer if left untreated for many years.
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    Dr. Jessica Shepherd - What health risks are associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
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    In its most severe form, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is characterized by overproduction of the male hormone testosterone, which can cause male-pattern hair growth, acne or hair loss, and menstrual abnormalities related to the failure to ovulate. But Susan Davis, M.D., a UCLA endocrinologist, notes that 60-80 percent of women with PCOS -- and 95 percent of obese PCOS women -- also have resistance to the action of insulin, putting them at increased risk for abnormal glucose utilization, type 2 diabetes and premature cardiovascular disease. “PCOS can adversely affect the health of a woman by increasing her risk for numerous problems, including infertility, obstetrical complications, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mood disorders,” Dr. Davis says.
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