PCOS in News and Research


We’ve had a little gap since our last update so here is a round up to cover April and May!

Hyperandrogenemia and PCOS – Research, Italy
Researchers in Italy have found that 9 in 10 women with PCOS can be identified as having an androgen excess when using 3 seperate measures: total testosterone, androstenedione and free androgen index. At this time the NICE guidelines for the UK only require testosterone to be measured on diagnosis.
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Gut Bacteria and PCOS – Research, USA
In a study using mice, the University of San Diego gave one group of mice a medication that affects the conversion of testosterone to oestrogen, therefore mimicking PCOS, and another group a placebo. In the PCOS group there were signs of obesity and increased blood glucose, but their gut bacteria also became less diverse than those in the control group. They now want to take this research further to identify if it’s the gut bacteria diversity that influences the syndrome or the syndrome that causes the lack of diversity.
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PCOS, being overweight and body positivity – News, USA
Marie Southard Ospina, Associate Fashion and Beauty Editor for Bustle, talks about PCOS and how she learnt to love her body.
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PCOS and Asthma – Research, Australia
An analysis of survey data saw a higher correlation with PCOS, Obesity and Asthma.
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PCOS and Infancy – Research, USA
A study has found that the infant daughters of women with PCOS have higher levels of an enzyme that activate androgens, such as testosterone, in their blood stream. They are hoping that further research will help to identify a cause and effective treatment that could be administered earlier.
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Irregular Menstruation and Ovarian Cancer – Research, USA
In a study that has been running since 1959 in California, a link correlation has been found between irregular or infrequent menstruation and ovarian cancer. This goes against all previous research whereby a lack of ovulation was though to decrease the risk. They now wish to do further research around the characteristics of those menstruations eg does heavy bleeding play a factor as well as infrequency.
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7 things you should know about PCOS – News, UK
Cosmopolitan recently ran this article about PCOS and Verity helped to contribute to it!
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More drug options for Type 2 diabetes – News, UK
NICE have just updated the medication guidelines for type 2 diabetes, meaning that those with the condition who are unable to tolerate Metformin have more options.
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Bariatric surgery and PCOS – Research, USA
Recent research has found that women with PCOS see an improvement in metabolic syndrome approximately 8 months after undergoing surgery.
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