Because I'm obese....?

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Because I'm obese....?

Postby oneday » Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:49 pm


I had a doctors appointment the other day where my doctor told me she hasn't tested my testosterone after all so that's needs to be done and that pcos is very complex and I'm not hairy enough to have pcos and I've probably got pco instead.
So I have had another blood test since and I'm awaiting results.
Apparently as I'm obese I'm probably (in her eyes) insulin resistance and I've been prescribed metformin? I asked if I could be tested first and was told they don't test as its complex and not a very nice test so she's referred me.
Is it that easy to say yes you have insulin resistance with pco/pcos?
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Postby Lamb » Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:12 pm

They should offer you a Glucose Tolerance Test which can be done at your local hospital/Outpatients. It's a simple enough test, you must fast from the night before you go to the hospital - you arrive and they take blood samples from you, you're then given this very sugary drink/solution to drink and they then take more blood after about 2 hours. The blood is sent to the lab where they measure your tolerance to the sugary drink - from those results they can tell how you react to fasting and then a surge of glucose drink - this will determine your propensity to Insulin Resistance and / or Diabetes.

Ideally you should have this test BEFORE taking Metformin, since even though it's possible you have IR, it's not a given.

Do you have other symptoms of IR - for example skin tags or darker skin patches on your body (under arms, in body creases etc..) - these are often found on people with IR.

Also, not all women with PCOS are 'really hairy' - we don't all have the same degree of symptoms. For example, for me, I have irregular periods and on/off acne on face/back, but I am not hugely hairy, just a bit of excess hair really and I also don't have IR or high testosterone (when I was last tested) but I did have PCOS related 'cysts' on my ovaries after an ultrasound and my FSH/LT hormone tests came back a little bit 'off'.

Your GP needs to test you at the correct time of the month for hormone levels (ideally right after your period) which can be tricky if you don't have them often/ever! If she isn't confident with diagnosing you, ask to be referred to an Endocrinologist (hormone specialist) who 'should' know more about PCOS.

Also, there is a GP Pack which you can get from Verity to take to your GP which should give them a bit more info about the syndrome.

Good luck, let us know how you get on.
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