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    Obesity early in women associated with polycystic ovary syndrome later in life


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    Monday, October 17, 2005 1:22 am Email this article
    "Obesity [or] extreme obesity in women, manifest by ages 20-24 years, continuing through 32-41 years, should alert physicians to the likelihood of [polycystic ovary syndrome]," concludes a new study. BMI

    BMI much higher in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

    The average body mass index (BMI) of women with polycystic ovary syndrome was:

    This is much heavier than the average one national survey (NHANES I) which was:

    It is also much heavier than the average in a community survey in which average BMI was:

     

    OBESITY AMONG WOMEN WITH PCOS

    More women with polycystic ovary syndrome are obese

    A much higher percent of women with polycystic ovary syndrome were obese (BMI 30-40) or extremely obese (BMI greater than 40) than women in general.

    Among women with polycystic ovary syndrome, 73-78 percent were obese or extremely obese from the ages of 20 to 41 compared to 7-14 percent in the national survey (NHANES I), and 15-28 percent in the community survey.

    REFERENCE

    Glueck CJ, Dharashivkar S, Wang P, Zhu B, Gartside P, Tracy T, Sieve L. Obesity and extreme obesity, manifest by ages 20-24 years, continuing through 32-41 years in women, should alert physicians to the diagnostic likelihood of polycystic ovary syndrome as a reversible underlying endocrinopathy. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2005 Oct 1, 122(2):206-12.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    C. J. Glueck
    The Cholesterol Center
    Jewish Hospital
    ABC Building
    3200 Burnet Avenue
    Cincinnati, OH 45229, USA
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