Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder affecting women. In fact up to 1 in 20 women of reproductive age have PCOS, yet many don’t know it.
It is likely that the incidence is increasing as we gain weight as a population. Women or girls with a family history of type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes or PCOS and women with diabetes or who have had diabetes during pregnancy are at increased risk.
And while you can’t do anything to change your genes, you can make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk. It is well established that women who are overweight or inactive have an increased risk of developing PCOS, so keeping your weight healthy, eating well and keeping active will go a long way towards reducing the risk, even if you have inherited some ‘bad’ genes. And if you are a parent with diabetes in the family, encouraging healthy eating and regular activity can reduce the risk of your daughter developing this condition