Ovarian condition may increase diabetes risk

Regardless of weight or other common risk factors, women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) stand a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes than women without the condition, according to a new study from University of California, San Francisco researchers.

Reporting in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, the researchers said that adjusting traditional risk factors like body mass index and body fat percentage seem to do little to a woman’s risk of developing the metabolic condition if she has PCOS.

For the study, researchers tracked the medical records of a group of 1,127 women for a period of 18 years. They found that women who were diagnosed with PCOS at any point during the study were more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, those with persistent PCOS were seven times more likely to develop the condition.

The findings confirm previous studies, which noted an association between PCOS and type 2 diabetes. Experts from the Mayo Clinic say that early diagnosis and treatment of PCOS is the most effective way for women with the condition to reduce their diabetes risk.

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