10 Surprising Facts About PCOS
Here are 10 facts about PCOS that you probably don't even know.
- PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder. Approximately 1 in 10 women have PCOS which is roughly 5 million women in the U.S. alone.
- PCOS is commonly misdiagnosed. Less than 50% of women are properly diagnosed. Which is why it and can take several years and several doctors before being accurately diagnosed.
- You don’t have to have cysts to have PCOS.
- PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility.
- There are four types of PCOS; Insulin-resistant PCOS, Pill-induced PCOS, Inflammatory PCOS, and Hidden-Cause PCOS.
- There is a strong connection between insulin resistance and PCOS, a study found that 95% of overweight women with PCOS had insulin resistance and 75% of lean women with PCOS.
- More than 50% of women with PCOS will face the harsh reality of Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes before age 40.
- Women with PCOS have higher rates of depression and anxiety.
- A diagnosis of PCOS requires only two of the following three criteria to be met: elevated levels of androgens (male sex hormones) irregular or absent periods, and/or polycystic ovaries.
- Studies show that a 5 to 7% reduction in body weight can lower insulin and androgen levels and restored ovulation and fertility in 75% of the women studied.
The best way to treat PCOS is through lifestyle changes involving diet, exercise, and supplements.
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