PCOS more prevalent in Mexican-American women
Mexican-American women may have nearly double the prevalence of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to new research. While previous research has shown that PCOS affects five to 10 percent of reproductive aged women, the new findings indicate that PCOS may affects as many as 17 percent of Mexican-American women.
Drs. Mark Goodarzi, Manuel Quinones, Willa Hsueh and fellow researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles assessed the responses of 108 Mexican-American women (average age of 35) to a questionnaire, which evaluated symptoms of PCOS, such as insulin resistance and excess body hair. Dr. Goodarzi and his colleagues found that 17 percent of the women who filled out the questionnaire were classified as having PCOS, based on their symptoms. “While previous studies have looked at PCOS in African-American and Caucasian women, this is the first study to evaluate how common PCOS is in Mexican-American women,” explains Dr. Azziz, one of the study co-investigators. “Based on our findings, we believe that the prevalence of PCOS in these women is much higher than in other populations. As a result, a much higher percentage of Mexican-American women are at risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which are both associated with PCOS.” Dr. Goodarzi and colleagues plan to verify the questionnaire findings with clinical examinations and androgen measurements.
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