Dr. Cobin introduces herself and describes polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
My name is Rhoda Cobin, and I am a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and I have the honor of being the past-president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists as well as the American College of Endocrinology.
PCOS is a condition that’s characterized by a number of hormonal and metabolic abnormalities. We see women who have irregular menstrual periods; problems with hormone secretion that can result in too much facial or body hair; too much acne; sometimes loss of scalp hair; an unusual skin condition that’s called acanthosis; and difficulties sometimes with ovulating or becoming pregnant.
The impact of this is not simply the reproductive or dermatologic situation, but the very high frequency of a condition called insulin resistance syndrome in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome. Insulin resistance syndrome is a common cause of heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, and in fact, in women with polycystic ovary syndrome, those conditions are much more frequent than they are in women in the general population.
About Dr. Cobin, M.D., M.A.C.E.:
Dr. Rhoda Cobin is Past-President of the American College of Endocrinology, a Past-President of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), and a Master of the American College of Endocrinology (ACE). Dr. Cobin has been in private practice in northern New Jersey for 31 years. She is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and is Co-Chief of the Mount Sinai's Thyroid/Endocrinology Clinic.