Patients will be subjected to a face-to-face questionnaire regarding socio-
demographic variables, nutritional status, and physical activity, psychological
and medical status. Moreover, blood will be withdrawn and biochemical analysis
will be done. Assessment will be at baseline as well as after 3 and 6 months
from the intervention. Within the tailored nutrition counseling/education
program, patients will attend 3 sessions over 6 months about diet and weight
management, physical activity, and healthy cooking, lifestyle, and food
This project is divided into two phases, a pilot study
and a larger scale up intervention that will take place after the pilot study.
The results of this study will serve as a basis for
developing the nutritional framework for treating people suffering from PCOS
and managing its complications.
Adults with PCOS will be recruited from the
obstetrics and gynecology clinic at the American University of Beirut Medical
PCOS according to the Rotterdam ESHRE/ASRM sponsored PCOS consensus
workshop group, 2003.
Patients with Cushing’s
syndrome, thyroid disease, cancer, kidney or liver disease
following a structural weight loss program
history of daily physical activity more than 30 minutes 5 days weekly (in
order to have matched controls and intervention groups).
metformin medication (note that patients on metformin are excluded because
metformin can cause weight loss which will give us false positive results).