Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


W.M. Keck Science Department

Reader 1

Alicia Bonaparte

Reader 2

Patrick Ferree

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a particularly common endocrinological condition. However, the current level of research on PCOS does not match its high prevalence among women worldwide. Although PCOS and Diabetes might seem like unrelated diseases they are both endocrine disorders with overlapping symptoms. Despite what the name might imply, the implications of PCOS extend beyond fertility, particularly the heightened prevalence of Type 2 diabetes among affected individuals. There is a lack of research investigating how the condition affects different populations, specifically Latinx women. Research aimed at analyzing the specific impact within the Latinx community is necessary to develop nuanced and tailored treatments that effectively address the varied manifestations of the condition. The elevated prevalence of diabetes within Latinx populations and the established connection between PCOS and increased rates of diabetes is something that must be explored further. Through a literature review, based on a sociological lens, we propose a mixed methods approach to investigate the intersection between PCOS, diabetes, and fatphobia.

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