PCOS and Insulin

Can PCOS be reversed? Do all women with PCOS produce too much insulin? Do all women with PCOS go on to develop diabeties in later life?

Our Expert's Answer

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Please note that all the answers we give are on a generic basis only, as we cannot provide more in-depth answers without access to your medical history. If you need a more detailed response, tailored to you, we would recommend a consultation with one of our Fertility Specialists for more comprehensive medical advice.

PCOS is a syndrome with a genetic basis with wide ranging symptoms. It cannot be reversed but can be influenced. The most important advice is to keep your weight (BMI) within a normal range. Insulin resistance and late diabetes is more likely but is not always connected to PCOS. If you are concerned about developing diabetes your GP may be able to organise a glucose-challenge test. If you have a weight problem and do not ovulate then Metformin may reduce insulin resistance.