PCOS and Diabetes

We’ve known for a while that PCOS increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It has been believed until recently that reducing our weight can stop this from happening. However recent research shows that regardless of BMI and age range women with PCOS are still at an increased risk of developing this.

Doctor Melissa Chiasson from Christus Spohn, Texas, explains the connection here.

A further Australian study reinforces this showing a clear link between PCOS and diabetes, however, PCOS is not a well-recognised diabetes risk factor, and many young women with the condition do not get regular diabetes screening:

‘Over 6000 women aged between 25-28 years were monitored for nine years, including 500 with diagnosed PCOS. The incidence and prevalence of type 2 diabetes was three to five times higher in women with PCOS. Crucially, obesity, a key trigger for type 2 diabetes, was not an important trigger in women with PCOS.’

You can read the official press release from Monash University for more information.

  • http://www.fixmypcos.com Libby Deakin

    Hello, I have a theory on this – I’m a PCOS sufferer myself. I’ve been using myself as a guinea pig for all sorts of treatments, ideas and theories to cure myself and I’m now starting to talk about my findings.
    If my theory is correct, my PCOS was caused by huge stress levels which caused a massive hormone problem and this in turn caused my PCOS. Primary among the effects of the hormone problem was a high response to insulin, adrenaline, cortisol etc.
    In this case, it makes sense then, that someone with an insulin problem would have a propensity towards diabetes.
    Just as the study found, I was a size UK 6-8 when I first had symptoms, so this wasn’t weight related.
    I’ve written more about this on my blog and I’d love to hear your thoughts on my theory – if anyone would like to collaborate that would be interesting.
    http://fixmypcos.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/pcos-and-diabetes-why-findings-make.html
    Thanks for the blog and the forum
    L