Does PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) cause diabetes?

According to the CDC, about 6 percent to 12 percent of women in their reproductive age are affected by PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) in the US only. It is a lifelong health condition that continues even after the reproductive years.

Scientists think that weight, family history and insulin resistance play a role in PCOS as well as diabetes. Women who have PCOS often suffer from insulin resistance as their bodies can produce insulin but can’t use it effectively, and this increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) can develop type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes, especially if they are overweight. More than half of women with PCOS develop type 2 diabetes by age 40. Gestational diabetes (diabetes when pregnant) puts pregnancy and the baby at risk and can lead to type 2 diabetes later in life in both the mother and the child.

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