PCOS News and Research Update


We have been away on Holiday and so have many of you so there’s a lot to catch up on in the world of News and Research:

Study finds a signal for the FSH gene, which is produced in the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. This suggests that FSH, in either how it acts on the ovary or how it is secreted, is very important in the development of PCOS. This is a new way of thinking about the biology of PCOS.  Publication: Genome-wide association of polycystic ovary syndrome implicates alterations in gonadotropin secretion in European ancestry populations. Hayes, MG et al. Nature Communications (August 18, 2015): Click here to view

Whitney Thore talks about PCOS, Diabetes and Raising Awareness
Whitney Thore from TLCs ‘My Big Fat Fabulous Life’ talks about her weight loss journey and body acceptance. You can read more here

PCOS and preterm delivery risk
A Norwegian study of over 20,000 women, 226 of which had PCOS, has found a correlation between PCOS diagnosis and higher preterm delivery risk when carrying twins. Read more here

Beauty Issues could signify deeper health problems
An article from DNA India about common beauty issues such as excess facial hair and acne and how they can be a sign of other health issues such as PCOS. Read more here

PCOS, Genetics and the Pituitary Gland
A study by the University of Utah has found abnormalities in genes responsible for the pituitary function in women of European descent which actively impacts PCOS. Read more here

1 in 5, not 1 in 10
A study carried out in India shows that the risk of PCOS amongst the female population is closer to 1 in 5 not 1 in 10. Read more here

Insulin Resistance and Obesity
This TED Talk isn’t solely focused toward PCOS and is from 2013 so not particularly recent, but considering the high risk of insulin resistance with PCOS and the ease of weight gain for many of us this talk is very relevant.

PCOS Awareness Month in the US
Our ‘Cysters’ over the pond  in the US are in the middle of their PCOS Awareness month so you’ve probably seen a lot of teal everywhere. An article in PR Newswire talks about PCOS Challenge and their Awareness Symposium taking place mid September before our own London PCOS Conference and UK Awareness week on 3rd October.