Posted by Chantel M. Research contributed by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
The prevalence of childbearing age obesity is wide spreading in US,
approximately, 50% of them are either overweight [body mass index (BMI)
25-29.9 kg/m(2)] or obese (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m(2)).
Obesity and PCOS: implications for diagnosis and treatment
There appears to be an epidemic of both obesity and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in the world today. According to the study by the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, posted in PubMed, Obesity is likely not a cause of PCOS, as the high prevalence of PCOS among relatively thin populations demonstrates. However, obesity
does exacerbate many aspects of the phenotype, especially
cardiovascular risk factors such as glucose intolerance and
dyslipidemia. It is also associated with a poor response to infertility
treatment and likely an increased risk for pregnancy complications in
those women who do conceive. Although most treatments of obesity,
with the exception of bariatric surgery, achieve modest reductions in
weight and improvements in the PCOS phenotype, encouraging weight loss
in the obese patient remains one of the front-line therapies.
Chinese Secrets to Fatty Liver and Obesity Reversal
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