Polycystic ovary syndromeSeptember 28, 2015 September 28, 2015
- In new research doctors suggest that a uniform treatment for Polycystic ovary syndrome patients does not exist.
- Clinicians should perform an accurate evaluation of the best-tailored treatment to manage one or more clinical issues. Lifestyle intervention should always be the first recommended approach unless other issues indicate that drug or hormonal interventions are superior.1
We see many patients with PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome), ranging from young teens to women on the end of their child bearing years. New research is suggesting many links between PCOS and various diseases, and a cinnamon remedy.
A recent study from Columbia University School of Nursing says Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the hormone imbalance that causes infertility, obesity, and excessive facial hair in women, can also lead to severe mental health issues including anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.
menstrual abnormalities in women with PCOS was the strongest predictor for mental health issues
“We were surprised to find that menstrual abnormalities in women with PCOS was the strongest predictor for mental health issues, particularly when there are so many other symptoms—like beard growth and infertility—that can make a woman feel unfeminine,” says senior author Nancy Reame, the Mary Dickey Lindsay Professor of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at Columbia Nursing. “The study findings suggest that we can’t treat PCOS effectively unless we pay close attention to any signs of mental distress.” Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
PCOS was the strongest predictor for heart disease
Women diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome – face a heightened risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, mental health conditions, reproductive disorders and cancer of the lining of the uterus than healthy women, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a leading cause of infertility. The condition occurs when a woman’s body produces slightly higher amounts of testosterone and other androgen hormones than normal. The resulting hormone imbalance can cause irregular or absent menstrual periods, infertility, weight gain, acne, excess hair on the face and body, or thinning hair on the scalp. As many as 5 million women nationwide have PCOS, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health.
Research recently presented to the International Federation of Fertility Societies/American Society for Reproductive Medicine illustrated data that adding cinnamon to their diet can improve menstrual cyclicity in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Previous research has shown that the use of cinnamon can reduce insulin resistance in women with PCOS. In this study, researchers from Columbia University enrolled 45 women with PCOS into a research trial. The women who completed the 6 month trial and who received the cinnamon had more regular menstrual cycles than women who were given placebo. The cinnamon group had 3.82 menstrual cycles during the 6 month trial, while women in the control group only had 2.2 cycles. Two of the women in the treatment group reported spontaneous pregnancies during the trial.
“Though small, this rather elegant study shows that cinnamon may be an effective and inexpensive treatment for PCOS patients,” said Steven T. Nakajima, MD, President of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
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1. Rocca ML, Venturella R, Mocciaro R, Di Cello A, Sacchinelli A, Russo V, Trapasso S, Zullo F, Morelli M. Polycystic ovary syndrome: chemical pharmacotherapy. Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2015 Jun;16(9):1369-93. doi: 10.1517/14656566.2015.1047344.