Patients with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) are at High Risk of Heart Problems and Type 2 Diabetes – A recent study of Indian-American researchers at Harvard University showed that women with abnormal menstrual cycles are at risk for heart problems and diabetes.

The condition in this study was polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormone disorder that occurs in women of childbearing age.

Women who suffer from PCOS have excessive levels of masculine hormones or androgen hormones.

PCOS is characterized by long menstrual cycles and heavy periods. This condition can also cause acne, excess hair, or scalp hair loss.

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Not only affects menstruation, PCOS is also closely related to heart health and blood circulation.

Illustration of irregular menstruation (Pexels/Andrea Piacquadio).
Illustration of irregular menstruation (Pexels/Andrea Piacquadio).

This study shows that PCOS can increase the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity. These are all conditions that can negatively affect heart health.

Reported Times of IndiaThe study was based on a survey of more than 37,000 participants who answered questions about gynecological conditions, medical history, and heart health.

Some 30,000 of them also answered questions about their menstrual cycle from time to time in the Apple Health app.

Research shows that people with PCOS are almost four times more likely to develop pre-diabetes and three times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

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The prevalence of high blood pressure and high cholesterol was 1.7 times higher in participants with PCOS.

Irregular heartbeat conditions, or arrhythmias, were also more common among participants with PCOS (5.6%) than participants without PCOS (3.7%).

Researchers also suggest lifestyle changes, such as an exercise routine, eating a nutritious diet, and getting better sleep, to help regular periods and improve heart health.