How can PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) lead to type-2 diabetes?

Researchers do not understand the connection between the causes of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and type 2 diabetes fully. According to the scientists, various factors, including genes, play a role in PCOS.

However, a number of factors that increase the susceptibility of PCOS among women are linked to type 2 diabetes. Some of them are weight, family history and insulin resistance. Researchers in Australia collected data from over 8,000 women and found that those who had PCOS were 4 to 8.8 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women who didn’t have PCOS. Obesity was an important risk factor. According to older research, up to approximately 27 percent of premenopausal women with type 2 diabetes also have PCOS. 

A 2017 study of Danish women found that those with PCOS were four times as likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Women with PCOS also have a tendency to be diagnosed with diabetes 4 years earlier than women without PCOS. According to the Australian study, pregnant women with PCOS are nearly three times more likely to develop gestational diabetes than women who do not have PCOS. Multiple studies have shown that PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and its symptoms are also frequently found in women with type 1 diabetes.

Available studies indicate that we need further research in order to understand the exact correlation between PCOS and type-2 diabetes.

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