What is the prevalence of obesity among women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

Updated: Sep 19, 2019
  • Author: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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Nearly half of all women with PCOS are clinically obese. A study comparing the body mass index (BMI) in American and Italian women with PCOS showed that American women had a BMI higher than that of their Italian counterparts. [40] Women with PCOS should be assessed for their cardiovascular risk by evaluating their BMI, fasting lipid and lipoprotein levels, and risk factors for metabolic syndrome. [4, 5]

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