If you are among one of the 19 million US women who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome, then it’s time to have a serious talk with your doctor. Because, you are at a risk of developing diabetes and heart diseases more than other women and it would all be due to the absence of the required screening tests that apparently your doctor did not prescribe.
This negligence from the doctors was reported in a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). It was found that the women experiencing various symptoms of PCOS such as irregular menstruation, acne, weight gain and infertility are unable to get the exact screening tests for blood sugar and cholesterol which could help prevent the risk of serious metabolic diseases in these women.
The only tests that have been prescribed to women with PCOS include the less sensitive hemoglobin A1C, which shows average blood sugar level over the past few months, and other fasting glucose tests. Both of the tests fail to pinpoint the exact risks of diabetes.
If you have PCOS then the 2-hour glucose tolerance test and a fasting lipid profile are the two most important tests that can detect your abnormal metabolic state. As it turns out, most of the doctors are reluctant to prescribe this test due to the time constraint and fear of offering inconvenience to the patient. While the truth is that these tests can help trace down the risks of development of life-threatening diseases later in life. These screening tests should be carried out every 2-5 years (for blood sugar) and every two years (for cholesterol).
Dr Amy Dhesi, who is also the lead author of the study, highlighted the careless behavior of majority of the doctors and emphasized upon the importance of these diagnostic tests. She said that correct and timely screening makes room for incorporating healthy lifestyle changes including those in diet. She further said that increased physical activity or proper medication may be necessary to avoid such serious metabolic diseases.