alexa Metabolic and hormonal effects of myo-inositol in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a double-blind trial.
Diabetes & Endocrinology

Diabetes & Endocrinology

Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism

Author(s): Costantino D, Minozzi G, Minozzi E, Guaraldi C

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Abstract To investigate the effects of treatment with Myo-inositol (an insulin sensitizing drug), on circulating insulin, glucose tolerance, ovulation and serum androgens concentrations in women with the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Forty-two women with PCOS were treated in a double-blind trial with Myo-inositol plus folic acid or folic acid alone as placebo. In the group treated with Myo-inositol the serum total testosterone decreased from 99.5 +/- 7 to 34.8 +/- 4.3 ng/dl (placebo group: from 116.8 +/- 15 to 109 +/- 7.5 ng/dl; P = 0.003), and serum free testosterone from 0.85 +/- 0.1 to 0.24 +/- 0.33 ng/dl (placebo group: from 0.89 +/- 0.12 to 0.85 +/- 0.13 ng/dl; P = 0.01). Plasma triglycerides decreased from 195 +/- 20 to 95 +/- 17 mg/dl (placebo group: from 166 +/- 21 to 148 +/- 19 mg/dl; P = 0.001). Systolic blood pressure decreased from 131 +/- 2 to 127 +/- 2 mmHg (placebo group: from 128 +/- 1 to 130 +/-1 mmHg; P = 0.002). Diastolic blood pressure decreased from 88 +/- 1 to 82 +/- 3 mmHg (placebo group: from 86 +/- 1 to 90 +/- 1 mmHg; P = 0.001). The area under the plasma insulin curve after oral administration of glucose decreased from 8.54 +/- 1.149 to 5.535 +/- 1.792 microU/ml/min (placebo group: from 8.903 +/- 1.276 to 9.1 +/- 1.162 microU/ml/min; P = 0.03). The index of composite whole body insulin sensitivity (ISI comp) increased from 2.80 +/- 0.35 to 5.05 +/- 0.59 mg(-2)/dl(-2) (placebo group: from 3.23 +/- 0.48 to 2.81 +/- 0.54 mg(-2)/dl(-2); P < 0.002). 16 out of 23 women of Myo-inositol group ovulated (4 out of 19 in placebo group). Treatment of PCOS patients with Myo-inositol provided a decreasing of circulating insulin and serum total testosterone as well as an improvement in metabolic factors.
This article was published in Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci and referenced in Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism

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