The Psychopathology Changes in non-Obese PCOS Women Do Not Show any Influence on Neuropeptide Y Level

Mariza Yustina, Andon Hestiantoro, Sylvia D Elvira

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Objective: To compare the Neuropeptide Y (NPY) levels in nonobese Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) patients without insulin resistance and non-obese women without insulin resistance, in consideration of the psychopathologic conditions occurring in PCOS patients as well as the influence of these changes in affecting NPY levels. Methods: The subject was fourteen PCOS patients and 20 non-obese normal women, both without insulin resistance. The measurements of blood NPY levels using the ELISA method and a psychology assessment using Symptom Check List 90 (SCL-90) were carried out. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS 17. Results: From 20 PCOS patients included in this study, 6 subjects (30%) were detected as having psychopathologic problems through completion of the SCL-90 questionnaire, with a cut-off score of >70 points. Measurement of NPY levels using ELISA found a mean NPY level of 8.02 ± 3.92 (95% CI 2.39 - 18.66) in the PCOS group compared to a mean of 7.78 ± 4.31 pg/ml (95% CI 0.74 - 15.47) in the control group. No significant difference was found in the mean levels of NPY between the two groups. Statistical assessment using the Spearman 2-variable correlation test also found no significant correlation between NPY levels and the SCL-90, scores in the PCOS group. Conclusion: There was no significant difference in NPY levels between the PCOS group and control group. Thirty percent of non-obese PCOS patients without insulin resistance were identified as having psychopathologic conditions. But in this group of patients, the psychopathologic changes had no influence on the levels of blood NPY.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIndonesian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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