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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects about 10% of menstruating women. PCOS is linked to diabetes and heart disease so its diagnosis and treatment is very important. Researchers have now discovered that pancreatic beta-cells in women with PCOS had beta-cell function which was more responsive to increase in insulin resistance relative to women without PCOS. The fact that PCOS sufferers become very hungry and have rapid weight gain may be due to the fact that insulin lowers the blood sugar which has the effect of stimulating the appetite. Further research in this field may lead to discoveries of new PCOS therapies and better diagnosis.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Mysan
About: Pancreatic cells implicated in PCOS
Date: 12 January 2005
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