It's amazing to me how many woman see their gynecologist at least once a year, but never think to ask her about their large pooch. I know why, and am guilty of the same thing.

Most women who have a large tummy believe it's due to their having babies or simply that they eat too much and have stretched their stomach. They inquire of their doctor and are told to lose weight. Others who have lost the weight are then told they need to exercise to tighten up the stomach muscles.

Seventy percent of all American women suffer from this disease. Disease you say, Yes a disease. It is called fibrocystic ovary syndrome. The symptoms are hair on the face and other body parts, the pouched stomach, irregular periods, cysts on the ovaries.

Those are the symptoms, but a diagnosis can only be made by your doctor doing a sonogram of your ovaries. Even after having the test some women are told that these cysts present no problem and surgery is not needed. That they are not to worry about it. Because there is no cure.

Doctors have known about this disease for years, but it wasn't until 1998 that a cure was found. The discovery of this cure is not given to patients for one or two reason. The first is that they are not keeping up with literature that is sent to them monthly about new breakthroughs in medicine.

The other reason they may not give medication is that if one goes on this medication, they will probably lose weight, and that would put weight-loss companies out of business.

My thanks goes out to Dr. Mirkin, for again he has kept up with the latest medical literature and is sharing this information with us. The medication doctors use for treating this disease, is the same one used for the treatment of a person with diabetes.

You will find his report below with journal references that you can take to your doctor stating this treatment.

G-o-o-o d Luck.!

8124 -- 1/21/00, updated 3/22/00

Gabe MIRKIN, M. D.

One of the hottest topics at gynecology and endocrinology meetings is polycystic ovary syndrome. We have known about this condition for more than 200 years, but only in the last two years have we have found a cause and cure. One of 20 north American women suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome that often causes obesity, large bones and muscles, hair to grow on faces and bodies, acne, irregular periods. It is a common cause of infertility {24} and it increases their chances of developing diabetes (12), heart attacks, strokes (I) and uterine cancer.

Exciting new research shows that drugs and diets to treat diabetes (23) and drugs to block male hormones can protect these women from developing diabetes, heart attacks, obesity and masculinizing traits such as hair on their bodies, acne, and large muscles and bones and that progesterone can protect them from uterine cancer (13,14,I5,16).

A woman is born with around 4 million eggs. Each month one egg of a normal women ripens and pops into the uterus. Women whose eggs ripen, but do not pop into the uterus, have polycystic ovary syndrome. Their high insulin and male hormone levels cause the ovaries to make male hormones (9) that cause acne and dark body hair (2). Glucophage, Actos and Avandia are drugs that reduce insulin levels and therefore, lower blood levels of the male hormone, testosterone (7,21). So does a diet that favors whole grains and restricts bakery products and pasta. Drugs that block male hormones also reduce masculinizing traits, lower- cholesterol [10) and help the eggs to pop from the ovaries (3,4), but drugs to treat diabetes may be more effective (5,6). These women also are at increased risk for developing uterine cancer so they are often prescribed birth control pills that contain progesterone and should try to lose weight when overweight.

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Dr. Gabe Mirkin