Suara.com – Women are at greater risk of developing high blood pressure, aka hypertension and diabetes, if they have fertility disorders, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Not only diabetes and hypertension, people with PCOS are also at a higher risk of having cholesterol disease and an increased prevalence of obesity.
These are key findings released as part of the Apple Women’s Health study ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8.
PCOS is characterized by an increase in androgen hormones in women. This hormonal imbalance can lead to increased acne breakouts, excess facial or body hair, or even scalp hair loss and irregular periods.
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But it also impacts several other health markers for women, and the Apple study provides more insight into this.
The study was led by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and Apple. Participants in the study relied on their iPhone and Apple Watch to track their monthly menstrual cycles. This feature was introduced in 2019 and is present on all iPhones in the health app.
“Through this study we hope to empower women to contribute longitudinal, scientific data as they go about their daily lives, rather than simply collecting fragmented data in a confined setting or during doctor visits,” said Dr Shruthi Mahalingaiah of the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Health and lead investigator, reported by the Indian Express.
Mahalingaiah said in one of the first studies to show that there is a link between menstrual health, polycystic ovary syndrome and heart health at the population level.
He also emphasized that menstrual health remains significantly underrepresented in the research space. However, they hope to offer a deeper understanding of how menstruation and the menstrual cycle can be a window to overall health.
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“Research insights from our study can also help reinforce the importance of prevention in reproductive care and in the treatment of PCOS,” Mahalingaiah said.