I really don’t think this article (found HERE http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/178054.php) needs any snark or explination…i will just include some relevant quotes…..
“Women are told they are too fat and aren’t taken seriously for a long time,” said Andrea Dunaif, M.D., the Charles F. Kettering Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “They go to an average of four doctors before they are diagnosed. They have been to physicians who say ‘there is nothing wrong with you, don’t worry’.”
“Before she received the news about PCOS, Donnelly, an ordinarily happy person, had sunk into a deep depression and her boyfriend accused her of letting herself go. Dunaif, a national expert, knows otherwise. The complex genetic disease has long-term health risks throughout a woman’s lifespan, including obesity and double the rate of metabolic syndrome, a constellation of risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.”
“Symptoms of PCOS in women often show up in adolescence and may include irregular periods and excess hair on the face, chest or back – all caused by high levels of male hormones.”
“After Dunaif began treating Donnelly with medication for insulin resistance – which had caused her rapid weight gain — Donnelly’s excess pounds dropped off and she was able to become pregnant. “If I had known about this sooner, my life would have been entirely different,” Donnelly said.”