Monday, 13 April 2015 06:41

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Do you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? Are you struggling to lose weight? Having trouble conceiving? Adelaide Exercise Physiology and Dietitian Services can help you learn more about your condition and achieve your goals.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is caused by a hormone imbalance and can lead to irregular periods, difficulty conceiving as well as problems with insulin. All of these factors can put women with PCOS at risk of developing obesity and insulin resistance. However, altering lifestyle, including a healthy diet teamed with regular exercise has been shown to improve the hormone imbalance and fertility and reduceFitmate_Pro_WOODVILLE_25.jpg cardiovascular risk.

A scientific study has looked at the amount of energy used by women with PCOS in their day to day activities compared with women without PCOS and the results are astonishing. The study measured basal metabolic rate, which is the energy expenditure of a healthy person at rest and 12 hours after their last meal in a temperature controlled environment. A person’s basal metabolic rate represents 50 – 70% of total daily energy used.

The study found that women with PCOS had significantly lower basal metabolic rate than women without PCOS. This means women with PCOS use up less energy across the day and therefore must eat less calories and move more to maintain or lose weight. The study also broke participants down into those with insulin resistance and those without. They found women with PCOS and insulin resistance had a basal metabolic rate lower than those without insulin resistance and far lower than women without PCOS.


So what do this all mean?

If you have PCOS you are likely to have lower energy requirements that someone without PCOS and thus consume less calories and exercise more across the day to be successful in losing weight and improving fertility. This is where the Exercise Physiologist’s and Dietitian’s at AEP Health Group can help. We can assess your resting metabolic rate, current exercise levels and create a tailored and individualised dietary and physical activity plan to give you the best chance at achieving your goals. With the professional support behind you, we believe anyone can accomplish what they set their mind too.

Visit our weight loss service page here or call 8244 0450 to book an appointment.