Polycystic ovarian syndrome is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age and is one of the leading causes of infertility. PCOS is a complex hormonal disorder that involves multiple organ systems within the body, with a strong correlation to insulin resistance. 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. Teaching women what they need to do to alleviate the symptoms and prevent the long-term consequences of PCOS will empower them to take back control of their life.
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. After studying the information presented here, you 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, play a role in the therapy and treatment of PCOS
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians and health educators.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.