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THE SYMPTOMS VARY GREATLY...SO IT CAN TAKES YEARS TO DIAGNOSE... YET CATCHING IT IS KEY. LEFT UNTREATED, THE DAMAGE CAN BE DEVASTATING... LEADING TO INFERTILITY OR EVEN DANGEROUS HEALTH PROBLEMS. [TAKE PKG]

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TRACK ONE Length : 06

CHRISTINE DEZARN (Duh-ZARN) WAS MORE THAN FRUSTRATED AFTER YEARS OF INFERTILTY LEFT DOCTORS STUMPED. THEN, OUT OF THE BLUE...

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KEY @: 08 Christine DeZarn, PCOS Patient

"I gained 70 pounds over a period of less than a year without changing my lifestyle and I began to grow facial hair."

TRACK TWO Length : 10

CHRISTINE NEVER THOUGHT THE SYMPTOMS WERE RELATED. THEN SHE RAN ACROSS ANOTHER WOMAN IN A CHAT-ROOM WITH THE SAME SYMPTOMS. SHE'D BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME, OR P-C-O.S.

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KEY @: 26 Dr Ricardo Azziz, Reproductive Endocrinologist

(Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles)

"Polycystic ovary syndrome is actually the single most common hormonal disorder of women. It affects 1 in at least 14 women."

TRACK THREE Length : 08

YET IT'S OFTEN MISSED. DOCTOR RICARDO AZZIZ SPECIALIZES IN REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY AND IS CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON P-C-O-S.

TRACK FOUR Length : 13

AN EXACT CAUSE ISN'T KNOWN... BUT THERE'S A GROWING BODY OF EVIDENCE THAT INSULIN RESISTANCE... PLAYS A PART. IT TRIGGERS EXCESS PRODUCTION OF MALE HORMONES.

WHILE INFERTILITY AND IRREGULAR PERIODS CAN RESULT...THOSE AREN'T THE ONLY RISKS.

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KEY @: 1:04 Dr Ricardo Azziz, Reproductive Endocrinologist

( Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles)

"It is linked to an increased risk of diabetes. It is linked to increased risk of heart disease. It is linked to an increased risk of obesity."

VISIBLE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE FACIAL HAIR GROWTH... OR HAIR LOSS, WEIGHT GAIN, AND ADULT ACNE.

THE DISORDER HAS BEEN FOUND IN GIRLS AS YOUNG AS NINE. IT ALSO SEEMS TO RUN IN FAMILIES. DR AZZIZ IS CONDUCTING A STUDY TO FIGURE OUT WHY...

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KEY @: 2:00 Ricardo Azziz, Reproductive Endocrinologist

(Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles)

"Polycystic ovary syndrome is inherited; the mothers are affected, the sisters are affected."

! THERE IS NO CURE, BUT MEDICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO TREAT INDIVIDUAL SYMPTOMS. DIET AND EXERCISE ARE IMPORTANT TOO.

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CHRISTINE TAKES MEDICATION FOR INSULIN RESISTANCE AND HAS SEEN MOST OF HER SYMPTOMS SUBSIDE. ALTHOUGH, SHE IS STILL DEALING WITH INFERTILITY.

MELISSA VOETSCH NEWS 11.

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