Children born to mothers with PCOS are at an increased risk of developing anxiety

According to the researchers, maternal obesity and androgen excess induce sex-specific anxiety in the offspring.

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk/Avi Arya: Children born to mothers with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are at an increased risk of developing anxiety later in life, researchers have discovered. PCOS affects more than one in ten women of childbearing age and is characterized by high levels of male hormones in the blood, menstrual disorders, insulin resistance and obesity.

Researchers also investigated that 16 groups of female and male mice offspring exposed to maternal diet-induced obesity and male hormone excess to study how these environmental factors affected the mice’s behaviour as well as gene expression in the brain.

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