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A 27-year-old female asked:

any suggestions on supplement while taking long term metformin for pcos/ insulin resistance? related to reduced vitamin/mineral absorption? thnx!

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Weight loss: Getting your body to your ideal body weight is the most important step in managing PCOS. If you are overweight then work on weight control. This is the key. Mineral supplementation is not needed.

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