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EXPERT: Kym Campbell

The bad news about PCOS

There are plenty of reasons why women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) have a right to feel unlucky. They often have irregular or non-existent menstrual cycles, which means getting pregnant is a much greater challenge for them than for many of their friends. Many women with this disorder also find weight gain, and tummy fat in particular, a life-long challenge, while others may suffer from skin problems like acne and eczema, unwanted hair growth, or even hair loss.

In addition to these more obvious symptoms, insulin resistance is a concern for 50–70% of women with PCOS. While insulin resistance on its own can be relatively tolerable, left untreated, this ‘gateway’ disorder will progress to type 2 diabetes, and is a major risk factor for serious cardiovascular diseases.

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