PCOS in Moms Tied to Health Problems in Kids
Children whose mothers have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have increased rates of hospitalization for various conditions, including asthma, pneumonia, and ear infection, a study of more than 1 million children shows. The associations were not particularly strong, according to the researchers. But they raise questions about the reasons for the increased risk and whether interventions like diet, exercise, or medications could lead to healthier outcomes for children whose mothers have PCOS.
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@dev PCOS — a reproductive disorder characterized by irregular periods, increased male hormones, and metabolic complications — affects some 10% of women. People with the condition are at increased risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Although prior research has shown that maternal PCOS may be associated with higher body mass index and attention deficit disorder in children, data on long-term childhood health outcomes have been limited, Auger’s group noted.