PCOS in men: Here’s everything you need to know


While PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) in women is caused because of higher levels of testosterone, PCOS in men is a result of the production of excessive insulin. Rashi Chowdhary, a diabetes educator, explains how insulin resistance can lead to hormones going haywire despite the blood glucose levels staying normal.

She also says this can be “a genetic condition, but environmental factors and lifestyle choice pull the trigger for the genes to be expressed”.

The top five symptoms of PCOS among men are:

Man boobs

When elevated, free testosterone and DHT get “aromatized by fat cells into estrogen which can cause man boobs”.

Erectile dysfunction

Endothelial dysfunction leads to a reduction in the flow of blood to the penis which is largely responsible for erectile dysfunction. She adds, “it also activates the sympatheti

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