10 Surprising Facts About PCOS

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Here are 10 facts about PCOS that you probably don't even know.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. You don’t have to have cysts to have PCOS.
  4. PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility.
  5. There are four types of PCOS; Insulin-resistant PCOS, Pill-induced PCOS, Inflammatory PCOS, and Hidden-Cause PCOS.
  6. 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.
  7. More than 50% of women with PCOS will face the harsh reality of Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes before age 40.
  8. Women with PCOS have higher rates of depression and anxiety.
  9. 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.
  10.  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.

Bonus Fact:

The best way to treat PCOS is through lifestyle changes involving diet, exercise, and supplements.

 

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