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How can I deal with polycystic ovary syndrome naturally?

Each month, bestselling author and speaker, Henrietta Norton, answers a health question and offers advice. In this issue, she takes a look at the minefield that is PCOS, and gives holistic suggestions to a reader with the condition
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The prevalence of PCOS is thought to be five to 10 per cent of women, and involves a constellation of clinical and biochemical features. Women with PCOS produce a higher amount of a group of hormones called androgens, such as testosterone. It is thought that this excess is made by the adrenal glands and ovaries and is both affected by, and causes, imbalances in insulin, which is a pivotal hormone for blood-sugar management. It’s also thought that PCOS is genetic, so women with a family history of diabetes may have a higher risk of developing the condition.

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