What are the sexual predilections of insulin resistance?

Updated: Aug 07, 2019
  • Author: Samuel T Olatunbosun, MD, FACP, FACE; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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The metabolic syndrome is more evident in middle-aged men. Women tend to assume increased cardiovascular risk after menopause. PCOS is a disease limited to women. Type A and type B syndromes are typically found in women but can occur in men. Hyperandrogenism, insulin resistance, and acanthosis nigricans (HAIR-AN) syndrome has also been proposed as an alternative to type A in describing females with congenital forms of insulin resistance and acanthosis nigricans with ovarian hyperandrogenism but no other phenotypic changes such as growth retardation or lipodystrophy.


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