I will be contributing more to this PCOS (Insulin Resistance) section when I get more time, but want to just say that I have only just logged in after a while not logging in and have seen this new section which I have suggested (and I am sure some others have to). and am VERY HAPPY TO SEE THIS PCOS SECTION, so thanks to the makers of this hairloss board. 25% of women from all populations of women all over the world have PCOS or insulin resistance which is the cause of PCOS, the cysts on ovaries are just a symptom of PCOS and are not even really cysts but undeveloped immature egg follicles... ((but that is another story and the name should be changed by the medical community.)) Only women who have the hair loss "gene",... will experience hairloss because having PCOS means they often have Higher free androgen or free testosterone levels and low SHBG levels. A drug called Metformin helps reduce the free testostorone and raise SHBG levels as the insulin levels are reduced. People with PCOS usually have high insulin levels (which can cause them to have a big appetite and crave carbs and sugars). That means a certain percentage of that 25% who have PCOS will have hairloss and also hirsutism (extra thick body hair and extra hair such as chin hair or hair on lip etc). Another main symtom of PcOS is not being able to lose weight, putting on weight very easily, and most of the fat going straight to waist or stomach and uppper body. This is due to the high Insulin levels. Eating Low GI, exercising and metformin are great for this. I lost 15 kgs in the space of a few weeks after taking metformin and most from my stomach. Most women willl start having the hairloss & hirsutism before they even realise they have PCOS and that insulin resistance is why they are experiencing hairloss and this leads them to eventually be diagnosed (along with other symptoms) to be diagnosed with PCOS. I am 34 and have PCOS. After taking metformin I went from 79ks to 69 kgs after just a few weeks. Changing nothign much else (although all people with pcoS OR IR SHOULD EAT LOW GI THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT. Remember ladies - a lot of GP's especially the "older ones" (please no nasty responses, I am sure their are some educated older GP's who know about PCOS) but in general not all docotros are very educated on PCOS. Its important to see an endocrinologist and for most a very important medication to go on in called Metformin which reduces insulin resistnace and should also reduce most symptoms... Women with Insulin resistance and PCOS are more at risk of the following diseases so metformin is very important in reducing the chances of developing these diseases.: A) Diabetes type 2 B) Heart disease and stroke C)Alzheimers disease D) Many types of cancers such as Uterine (due to lack of periods) and breast cancer C) Obesity and diseases related to being overweight D) General aging. High insulin levels cause chronic inflammation over the entire body and Inflammation is the main cause of again throughout the body. So metformin is usually a long term medication which can save your life or extend your life in the longterm. Mostly the does one woudl need to take to get result is at least 1500mgs a day. I currently take 2000mgs a day I take DIABEX XR (each tablet is 500mgs). The XR is better than normal version as it means extended release means it is released into your system slowly through out the day reducing any side affects. You can expect slight nausea and stomach problems in first week or 2 but otherwise fine as long as you dont go for too long on an empty stomach , it is better for anyones metabolism to eat every 2 or 2.5 hours anyway. Hope this has helped some people and feel free to ask me qestions or anything as I know a lot more than just what I have written here and love to discuss with people as being finally diagnosed with Insulin resistance (PCOS) at age 33 and taking metformin and eating low GI HAS LITERALLY CHANGED MY LIFE. I urge anyone with some of the symptoms to get a referral to an Endocrinologist and have some testing. You will need GTT - Glucose Tolerance Test - to test for Insulin Resistance Ultrasound to see the follilcles on ovaries which look like a necklace of pearls Hormone test - especially looking at certain hormone ratios and SHBG, free androgens. Symptoms - dicussing some of symptosm such as lack of periods, excess hair. scalp hairloss, waist and stomach getting bigger, sugar and carb cravings, not losing weight dispite eating less and exercising more than most of your girlfirends...things like that are important. Bye for now.