Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Are You Suffering From PCOS? Get Ready For Diabetes at Early Age…

The risk of Type 2 Diabetes among pregnant women is no longer a secret. This has happened many times before and has a long standing impact of it. However, one must know that the impact has some causes and that is mostly a syndrome called PCOS. This syndrome does not only risk diabetes in women but has other impacts as well, such as infertility. However, a recent study has established the fact that PCOS is the reason behind the Type 2 Diabetes and it can make you diabetic on average four years earlier than a normal woman with PCOS. The study carried out by Katrine Hass Rubin of Institute of Clinical Research at the University of Southern Demark. Katrine has authored the report with the help of Dorte Glintborg of Department of Endocrinology at the Odense University, Denmark. The report was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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What is PCOS?

However, before the research is discussed, it is important to understand what PCOS is. PCOS is Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome that is often seen in women. This is a syndrome that generally creates multiple cysts in the ovary of a woman that leads to hormonal imbalance and many chronic issues. According to a study report published by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), PCOS is one of the major reasons for infertility in the United States and at least 5 million women are affected by it. This gives the rough idea about the disease and its impact. However, the major symptoms of the PCOS are a hormonal imbalance that could lead to irregularities in menstruation cycle. This could also have impacts like grown facial hair, depression, and others. However, the cysts are generally not harmful i.e non-cancerous in nature. The cause of the PCOS is yet not defined properly, however, the impact of it on pregnant women especially for the type 2 diabetes have been published now.

How PCOS creates Type 2 Diabetes?

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The PCOS as discussed earlier creates the hormonal imbalance and thus body stops accepting the insulin produced. When the Insulin produced becomes more, it can reduce the glucose level. However, if the body does not accept the insulin, glucose level can increase in the bloodstream by a considerable amount. In both the cases, a Type 2 Diabetes is formed. This can impact the health of the expecting woman and the embryo in the womb of the mother.

If the diabetes medical research history is surfed, then this may not become a surprise. However, the research shows some unexpected and equally shocking details, especially for the women. The researchers tested the blood sample and others keeping the diabetes factors in control for both PCOS and Non-PCOS women. For each woman with PCOS, three women without PCOS were tested for the research. The data revealed that a woman can get diabetes at a younger age than a normal PCOS. On average a woman with PCOS gets diabetes at the age of 31 whereas a woman without the syndrome gets at 35.

The number of births with PCOS is inverse in relation whereas the BMI and the Glucose level is in a positive relationship with it. The researchers have warned that the BMI or Body Mass Index, often seen as Obesity in women and the level of glucose are risk factors for the Type 2 Diabetes, but these are factors for the PCOS as well. The researchers have however not finished with the impact of few other risk factors associated with Type 2 Diabetes. Oral Contraceptives and the number of birth have an impact on the Type 2 Diabetes and further researches are required to unearth the relationship and impact of these.

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