Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal disorder and the most common of all female endocrine disorders. PCOS is multifaceted and involves multiple organ systems within the body, and is strongly correlated with insulin resistance. PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility, and can be diagnosed at any age. There is a wide variation in the etiology, signs and symptoms of PCOS, which makes diagnosing difficult. Individualized treatment plans for PCOS include diet, lifestyle changes, weight reduction, exercise and medication. Optimal dietary composition is unclear, but weight loss should be targeted in all overweight women with PCOS by counseling and coaching on reduced calories, adequate nutritional intake, healthy food choices and exercise.
The goal of this polycystic ovarian syndrome continuing education program is to help the dietitian, dietary manager, fitness professional and health educator understand the etiology and diagnosis of PCOS, and how individualized treatment with diet, exercise, medication, and lifestyle changes alleviate symptoms, discomfort, and infertility.Upon completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
- Describe the physical and clinical signs of PCOS
- Describe the role of insulin, androgens, dyslipidemia and environmental factors in PCOS
- Explain how lifestyle changes, including diet, medications, exercise, weight reduction, and behavioral changes may play a role in the therapy and treatment of PCOS
This course is intended for health educators
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 2.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.