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Excessive Hair Growth
darrylshaine posted:
Hi! Can someone please tell me what causes excessive, unwanted facial hair growth in women who have diabetes? Thank you so much!
davedsel2 responded:

I did a Yahoo search using the phrase "excessive hair growth in women with diabetes" and got several hits. Here is a link to one of them:
Please click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.


Michael Dansinger, MD responded:

I agree with Dave. Reading about hirsutism will provide the information you are looking for.

"Hirsutism is generally caused by increased androgens, especially the male hormone testosterone. It is a common sign ofpolycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women because elevated androgens are often associated with this condition. In addition to abnormal levels of testosterone, women with PCOS may also have unopposed estrogen (high levels of estrogen and low levels of progesterone)."

The underlying cause is usually internal abdominal fat leading to insulin resistance and polycystic ovary syndrome. This leads to a cascade of hormonal abnormalities that promote facial hair. At the same time, the insulin resistance and excess body fat can strain the pancreas and lead to diabetes.

Weight loss can often help improve hirsutism, polycystic ovary syndrome, and diabetes.

Michael Dansinger, MD.