Clinical Trends for September 2017

Ryan Syrek

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September 29, 2017

Clinical Trend of the Week (September 16-22): PCOS

A study about the development of a serious associated condition and new research analysis about overall diagnostic approach resulted in this week's top search term. A Danish study confirmed that women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have a significantly increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus at a younger age. Women with PCOS were four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than controls; the type 2 diabetes event rate was also four times higher among women with PCOS. Meanwhile, a research analysis published in the BMJ argues that a more thoughtful, deliberate approach to diagnosing PCOS is needed, as the current "one-size-fits-all" approach is potentially causing harm. The authors suggest that labeling women who fit a broad diagnostic criteria at one stage in their life suggests to them that they will experience all associated metabolic and cardiovascular consequences, when not all types of PCOS are associated with those risks. The popularity of this search term suggests that healthcare providers are actively seeking more precise information to help guide patients with this potentially serious condition.

For more information on PCOS, read here.

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