Effect of Metformin Therapy on the Levels of Folic Acid and Homocysteine in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Yu.I. Karachentsev, T.L. Arkhypkina, L.P. Liubymovа, V.O. Bondarenko

Abstract


The article presents the data on the effect of metformin monotherapy and combination therapy with metformin and addition of folate on the levels of homocysteine and folic acid in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome. Monotherapy has lead to a reduction of insulin resistance, HOMA index, moderate antiandrogen effect, had a positive effect on lipid levels, while level of folic acid remained low, and the concentration of homocysteine in the blood serum increased by 18.3 %. Combination therapy didn’t increase the therapeutic effect on carbohydrate metabolism and hormonal parameters, but lead to an increase in folate content by 12.4 % and reduced the levels of homocysteine by 14.3 % in comparison with baseline ones.


Keywords


polycystic ovary syndrome; folic acid; homocysteine; metformin.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22141/2224-0721.1.73.2016.71076

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