Danish researchers recently revealed, in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, a common syndrome that increases your risk of type 2 diabetes by a scary 400%.
What’s more, it has nothing to do with bad diet or lack of exercise…
…meaning that you may be able to cure your type 2 diabetes without changing your menu.
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely than the general population to be overweight and struggle with insulin resistance.
Consequently, Danish researchers decided to find out whether women with this condition are more likely than others to develop type 2 diabetes.
PCOS happens when a woman develops small cysts on her ovaries that cause them to produce too much androgens (male sex hormones).
This interferes with her ability to ovulate, and causes the growth of body and facial hair, acne, obesity, infertility, and irregular menstrual periods.
The researchers picked 18,477 women with PCOS and 54,680 without PCOS from the National Patient Register.
They were checked for levels of insulin, glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, and testosterone at Odense University Hospital.
Eight out of every 1000 women with PCOS developed type 2 diabetes in the subsequent 11 years, while only two out of every 1000 of the women without this condition did so.
This means that those with the condition were four times as likely as those without the condition to suffer from diabetes.
Women with PCOS are often prescribed the oral contraceptive pill or other hormonal treatments to fight their condition. This will most likely help for type 2 diabetes as well since it tends to reduce BMI and improve insulin sensitivity.
But for the most of us, who don’t have PCOS, we need to look for other methods to cure type 2 diabetes.
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