Women with PCOS at a high risk for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Okay, so I’ve been doing a lot of research on PCOS and some other stuff lately (the results of which I will eventually post), but this brief revelation can’t wait:

According to a meta-analysis, women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are about four times more likely to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). For reference, “in the United States, liver biopsies performed on potential liver donors revealed that 20% of donors were ineligible for organ donation based on the degree of the steatosis (>30%).” So, that’s about a 2 in 3 CHANCE of NAFLD for American women with PCOS. (Biostat people, feel free to check my math, there.) The prevalence is particularly high among women with both PCOS and metabolic syndrome (and women with PCOS are up to 11 times more likely than those without to develop metabolic syndrome).

What To Do

If you have PCOS, definitely talk to your doctor and make sure he/she is educated about the correlation and is prepared to manage your care.

Also talk to your doctor about supplementing your diet with: betaine, folic acid, choline, vitamin B12, and melatonin (at night). Research shows that these supplements can actually reverse damage in high-fat-diet-induced (HFD-induced) fatty livers, high-fat-sucrose-induced (HFS-induced) fatty livers, and glucocorticoid-induced fatty livers.

Spread the f**king word! 


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