Because of the disruption to hormones in polycystic ovary syndrome, including insulin, you may be at risk for insulin resistance syndrome. Insulin is a hormone that is essential for metabolising carbohydrates and maintaining blood sugar levels.
As women with polycystic ovary syndrome are often resistant to insulin, there is an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke at a younger age. Other complications include:
- Cancer of the uterus (womb)
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol