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Five weeks of electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment improves markers of glucose regulation and androgen levels in overweight/obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In a small Swedish feasibility study, 17 women with PCOS received five weeks of EA treatments delivered three times per week. Levels of glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) were found to have decreased significantly, and androgen levels - both in circulation and adipose tissue - also showed significant reductions. Two markers of vagal nerve activity also showed significant changes, suggesting that the effect of EA may be mediated via modulation of adipose tissue sympathetic activity. The observed changes occurred in the absence of changes in body-weight or waist circumference.

Changes in HbA1c and circulating and adipose tissue androgen levels in overweight-obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome in response to electroacupuncture. Obes Sci Pract. 2016 Dec;2(4):426-435. doi: 10.1002/osp4.78.

 

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