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Role of Obesity and Adiposity in PCOS

  • Renato Pasquali
  • Laura Patton
  • Evanthia Diamanti-Kandarakis
  • Alessandra Gambineri
Part of the Endocrine Updates book series (ENDO, volume 27)

The polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), one of the most common causes of hyperandrogenism and chronic oligo-anovulation, affects 4–7% of women [1]. The clinical features of PCOS are heterogeneous and may change throughout the lifespan, starting from adolescence to postmenopausal age. Among other factors, this is largely dependent on the influence of obesity and metabolic alterations, including an insulin resistant state and the metabolic syndrome, which consistently affect most women with PCOS [2].

Keywords

Metabolic Syndrome Polycystic Ovary Syndrome PCOS Woman Luteinizing Hormone Concentration Nonobese PCOS 
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© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Renato Pasquali
    • 1
  • Laura Patton
    • 1
  • Evanthia Diamanti-Kandarakis
    • 2
  • Alessandra Gambineri
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineUniversity Alma Mater StudiorumBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Endocrine Section of First Department of Internal MedicineAthens University School of Medicine, Laiko General HospitalAthensGreece

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