By Laura NathanDoubting your diagnosis? Read on to find out what you might really
Sometimes even the best doctors miss the mark: About 40 percent of all
mistakes that M.D.s make are misdiagnoses, says the National Patient Safety
Foundation. That's because many ailments have similar symptoms or can be
detected only with tests that your physician might consider unnecessary if he's
confident in his verdict. If you're in the know about often-confused
conditions, though, you can ask the right...
Infertility. This happens when the ovaries
are not releasing an egg every month.
Repeat miscarriages. The
cause for this is not known. These miscarriages may be linked to high insulin
levels, delayed ovulation, or other problems such as the quality of the egg or
how the egg attaches to the uterus.
Precancer of the uterine lining (endometrial hyperplasia). This can happen when you
don't have regular menstrual cycles, which normally build up and "clear off"
the uterine lining every month. You can take birth control pills or other
hormone medicines to reduce the risk of endometrial
Uterine (endometrial) cancer. Risk during the
reproductive years is 3 times greater in women with PCOS than in women who
Insulin is a hormone that helps your body's cells get
the sugar they need for energy. Sometimes these cells do not fully respond to
the action of insulin. This is called
insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can lead to an
increase in blood sugar and diabetes.
Up to 40% of women with
PCOS have insulin resistance, and up to 10% get
type 2 diabetes by the time they reach age 40.2 Insulin levels also rise in people with insulin resistance.
High insulin levels can increase the production of male hormones and make your
Serious health problems linked to insulin resistance