PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) affects millions of women. It has been called a form of pre-diabetes because the conditions have much in common. Women with PCOS are often overweight, have insulin resistance, have high levels of fasting blood glucose and, in fact, have a much higher risk overall of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.


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