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Polycystic ovary syndrome linked to cognitive decline in middle age

By Vaseline May30,2024
Polycystic ovary syndrome linked to cognitive decline in middle age

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Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) – a constellation of symptoms resulting from a hormonal imbalance – may face a greater risk of cognitive problems in midlife, a new study suggests.

The study, published online by Neurology followed nearly 1,200 women for 30 years on February 27, 2024. At the start of the study, participants were between 18 and 30 years old. About 7% of them had PCOS, which is characterized by symptoms such as ovarian cysts, missed periods, weight gain and acne. At the end of the study period, participants completed tests of cognitive skills such as memory, verbal learning, attention and processing speed. Nearly 300 of the participants, about 8.5% of whom had PCOS, also underwent brain imaging.

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