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Vol 58, No 1 (2007)
Review article
Published online: 2007-01-31
Submitted: 2013-02-15
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Metabolic syndrome in polycystic ovary syndrome

Thomas M. Barber, Mark I. McCarthy, Stephen Franks, John A.H. Wass
Endokrynologia Polska 2007;58(1):34-41.

open access

Vol 58, No 1 (2007)
Review article
Published online: 2007-01-31
Submitted: 2013-02-15

Abstract

Both metabolic syndrome (MS) and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are common among women. The exact prevalence of MS in women with PCOS is dependent upon the diagnostic criteria used for each. However, the frequent co-occurrence of both MS and PCOS in women is suggestive of a common aetiology. In this short review article we argue that insulin resistance, as a consequence of abdominal obesity, may represent such a common aetiology. We also review the literature on the prevalence of MS in women with PCOS and consider the impact that the particular criteria used to diagnose both MS and PCOS may have had on these estimates of prevalence.

Abstract

Both metabolic syndrome (MS) and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are common among women. The exact prevalence of MS in women with PCOS is dependent upon the diagnostic criteria used for each. However, the frequent co-occurrence of both MS and PCOS in women is suggestive of a common aetiology. In this short review article we argue that insulin resistance, as a consequence of abdominal obesity, may represent such a common aetiology. We also review the literature on the prevalence of MS in women with PCOS and consider the impact that the particular criteria used to diagnose both MS and PCOS may have had on these estimates of prevalence.
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Keywords

polycystic ovary syndrome; metabolic syndrome; obesity

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Title

Metabolic syndrome in polycystic ovary syndrome

Journal

Endokrynologia Polska

Issue

Vol 58, No 1 (2007)

Pages

34-41

Published online

2007-01-31

Bibliographic record

Endokrynologia Polska 2007;58(1):34-41.

Keywords

polycystic ovary syndrome
metabolic syndrome
obesity

Authors

Thomas M. Barber
Mark I. McCarthy
Stephen Franks
John A.H. Wass

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