Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common hormonal problem to affect women of reproductive age. Insulin resistance has been shown to play a major role in the development of PCOS, a trait that it shares with another common endocrine disease, type 2 diabetes. The symptoms of PCOS can vary considerably between individuals but often include irregular periods, acne, excessive hair growth, difficulties with weight and reproductive challenges. These symptoms can also vary in severity within the same woman over time.
Whilst there is no cure at present for PCOS, the symptoms can often be effectively managed. A healthy lifestyle and maintenance of a healthy body weight is important for managing symptoms and also for addressing the long-term metabolic consequences.