Polycystic Ovarian Disease

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Polycystic ovarian disease is a very common disease in human females, and has not been reported in non-human primates.  This condition is related to the metabolic syndrome, with insulin resistance, a tendency for obesity, hirsutism and fertility problems. Late stage untreated ovaries tend to be large with thickened capsules and numerous follicular cysts. Aggressive treatment with diet and exercise are to be followed for life. The underlyiing cause of the disease is unknown.


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