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Stacey Simon, PhD

The Role of Circadian Factors and Sleep Disordered Breathing on Insulin Resistance in Girls with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

In addition to being at increased risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, adolescents with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) are much more likely to have sleep problems. Adolescents are already at risk for sleep problems, as social, biological, and environmental factors predispose teens for chronic sleep deprivation. 

This research study plans to examine multiple sleep factors and investigate differences between girls with PCOS and obesity and their similar-weight peers, as well as examine the relationship between sleep and insulin resistance. Information learned from this study will help us better understand the relationship between sleep and obesity and how to intervene to improve sleep and insulin resistance, thereby potentially preventing diabetes and cardiovascular disease in girls with PCOS.