New Study Shows Promise for Treating PCOS, Preventing Misdiagnosis
A new study from researchers in Greece has led to a discovery that may reduce misdiagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in teens. PCOS is a fairly common endocrine disorder occurring in 12 percent of women causing enlarged ovaries swollen with small collections of fluid.
The study, which was presented at the annual meeting of the European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology, compared ovarian volume and levels of hormones and proteins connected to ovarian function between 23 PCOS patients and 17 age- and BMI-matched controls. The researchers found teens with PCOS had higher levels of testosterone and a recently discovered hormone called irisin, sometimes called the “exercise hormone,” that helps regulate energy metabolism and is released from muscles.
Researchers say irisin may help to confirm the diagnosis of PCOS and allow patients to better manage the condition, which currently has no cure. Teenagers who are able to receive an early diagnosis of PCOS as a result of this discovery will be able to begin earlier treatment of PCOS in order to decrease the risk of complications such as fertility problems, hirsutism and type-2 diabetes. The implications of these better methods of diagnosis could prevent exposing teens to unnecessary treatments.
Such advanced medicine may not currently be available to all physicians, however. It is of the utmost importance that if one is diagnosed with PCOS, or believes she may have the condition, a medical second opinion is sought immediately, in order to provide the patient with an accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatment plan.
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