Ovarian Cysts Common in Women With Type 2 Diabetes
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"The results suggest that certain
therapies for the diabetes might be more likely than others to improve a
woman's overall hormonal balance," she says in an interview with WebMD.
"The insulin-lowering drugs, such as metformin, are more likely to treat
both the diabetes and the hormonal abnormalities of PCOS. So, if a woman has
both type 2 diabetes and PCOS, discussing medications with [her] doctor would
certainly be in order."
Subjects in the study were recruited
from the hospital's Diabetes Clinic. A computer search found 49 premenopausal
women with type 2 diabetes being treated with diet alone or with a pill that
lowers blood sugar by prompting the body to make more insulin. Eighty-two
percent of the 38 women with diabetes who agreed to be studied had an
ultrasound showing PCOS. Of these, 52% had skin changes related to having too
much male hormone and/or had problems with their menstrual cycles.
Although women with type 2 diabetes
have a higher prevalence of PCOS than that reported in the general population,
Conway writes that "not all women with high blood levels of insulin,
however, develop PCOS, suggesting that [high levels of insulin in the blood]
alone is not sufficient for the onset of PCOS."
- A new study shows that women with type 2 diabetes are more likely to also
have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) than women in the general
- Both conditions are associated with high levels of insulin in the blood and
the body's inability to respond to insulin.
- Diabetic women who have symptoms of PCOS, such as irregular periods, need
to treat this condition in addition to treating the diabetes.