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The factors that contribute to this increase in the hormone levels can be genetic and environmental. The disease has a wide range of symptoms and severity, meaning that often times it is hard for doctors to diagnose it.

Nevertheless, according to research, this condition may be related to insulin, as PCOS is frequent in women who have high insulin levels. About 2 – 20 percent of the female population is affected with PCOS, mostly at the age between 18 and 44, depending on which symptoms are used to define it.

This condition represents a risk factor for some diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, and some types of cancer.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

– Irregular menstruation

– Acne, oily skin, and dandruff

– Difficulty conceiving

– Weight gain

– Abundant body hair

– Anxiety and/or depression

How can you treat PCOS?

– Exercise

– Make some dietary changes

– Increase the intake of magnesium

– Talk to your doctor

– Talk to a therapist

Source:http://www.fhfn.org

 

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