BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether treatment with acarbose, an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, improved hyperandrogenic symptoms, insulin and androgen serum concentrations in hyperinsulinaemic patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). METHODS: 30 hyperinsulinaemic women with PCOS and 15 controls were evaluated. Patients were randomized, using a computer-generated randomization list, into two groups of 15 each and treated with placebo or 300 mg/day of acarbose for three months. Hirsutism and acne/seborrhoea scores, hormonal and sex hormone binding globulin serum concentrations, glycaemia and insulin responses to a standard oral glucose load (75g) were measured in all patients before and after three months of treatment. RESULTS: A significant reduction of the acne/seborrhoea score was observed in patients treated with acarbose and eight of them resumed a regular menstrual rhythm. These clinical improvements were associated with a significant reduction of the insulin response to glucose load, a significant decrease of LH, total testosterone and androstenedione and with a significant increase of sex hormone binding globulin serum concentrations. The serum concentrations of FSH, dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate, prolactin and 17alpha-hydroxyprogesterone did not change significantly. No clinical, metabolic and hormonal modifications were observed in PCOS patients treated with placebo. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first report showing a reduction of the acne/seborrhoea score in hyperinsulinaemic patients with PCOS treated with acarbose. This improvement was associated with a significant decrease of the insulin response to oral glucose load and of LH and androgen serum concentrations and with a significant rise of sex hormone binding globulin concentration.
|Titolo:||Clinical, endocrine and metabolic effects of acarbose, an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, in PCOS patients with increased insulin response and normal glucose tolerance|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2001|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|