PCOS and Diabetes: What Women Need to Know


Amy Rushlow

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Flip a coin. Heads or tails? If you’re a woman living with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), your odds of developing diabetes may be about the same as a coin flip. More than half of women with PCOS will develop prediabetes or diabetes by age 40.

What Is PCOS?

A woman’s ovaries have small sacs called follicles. Normally, they hold eggs and release them when the eggs are mature. But with PCOS, these follicles bunch together, creating cysts. Eggs develop, but they aren’t let go.

Making healthy lifestyle choices is key to managing type 2 diabetes, but it can be hard to stay on track. Dr. Anthony Cardillo explains that focusing on diet, exercise and stress reduction can help you maintain control of your diabetes.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Aug 13, 2015

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