PCOS Hormone and Metabolism Changes are More Severe In Black Women

In a study of about 100 women published in the July 2011 issue of Fertility and Sterility by Dr. Gwinnett Ladson and colleges at the departmens of Ob Gyn at several universities it has been found that there is a racial influence on PCOS. In their study black and non-black women had about the same levels of infertility and conception, but their metabolism and hormone issues were actually very differrent. You couldn't tell these differences by lining them all up and taking a good physical. Levels of acne and numbers of patients with excess body hair were about the same. But what was very different were their hormone levels and their metabolism. This group of researchers also found that they had different liver function! The black women had lower estrogen, higher resting blood pressure, they out performed in exercise studies, had worse cholesterol, and higher insulin levels. The overall profile of hormones was actually more severely affected in their cases of PCOS. Exactly how black women might respond differently to PCOS treatment is not known, but the researchers want to look into this in future studies.


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