New research suggests that the parents of women with polycystic ovary syndrome are more likely to have some form of cardiovascular disease than parents whose daughters don’t have PCOS. It appears to be true of both mothers and fathers.
A study, by the University of Adelaide in Australia, showed mothers of women with PCOS are almost twice as likely to have high blood pressure.
Fathers of women with PCOS are more than twice as likely to have heart disease, as well as being more than four times as likely to have a stroke.
Family medical histories of more than 700 women born at Adelaide’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital between 1973 and 1975 formed the basis of the research.
“Our results show there is a strong link between cardiovascular disease in both mother and father and the risk of PCOS in their daughters,” said lead author Associate Professor Michael Davies of the University’s Robinson Institute.
“It suggests that PCOS may be the consequence of a family susceptibility to chronic disease. Further research into the association between the child and parent is therefore needed. In Australia alone, about 500,000 women are affected by PCOS.”
“By further understanding the link between PCOS and other family medical conditions, we might be able to diagnose and treat all of these illnesses at an earlier stage.”Sincerely,Christine DeZarnPolycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association, Inc. (PCOSA)