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Diabetes Drug Metformin Could Protect Girls from Infertility
Girls at age 8 who had a high risk of developing polycystic ovary syndrome were treated for four years with metformin, a commonly used diabetes drug, and were found to be less likely to develop infertility later. While 8-year-olds don’t show any outward signs of polycystic ovary syndrome, which is the top cause of infertility in women in the U.S., physiological precursors to PCOS are already present in their bodies, the researchers said. Metformin is already used to treat PCOS in older women, but hadn't previously been tested as a means of preventing the condition in patients at such a young age.