Benefits of an active lifestyle for women living with polycystic ovary syndrome

Matthew R. Haines, Sharon V. Newson, Amie Woodward, David R. Broom

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    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex endocrine and metabolic disorder affecting a large proportion of women worldwide. It is characterised by hyperandrogenism, insulin resistance, hirsutism, acne, menstruation abnormalities, and infertility. For women living with PCOS there is an increased risk of overweight or obesity, dyslipidaemia, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. The biopsychosocial nature of the condition can also have a significant negative impact on women's health-related quality of life and psychological wellbeing. However, there is emerging evidence to suggest that regular physical activity and exercise can improve health and alleviate symptoms. Therefore, this chapter aims to inform the reader about the psychological, physical, and physiological benefits of exercise and physical activity for women living with PCOS.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationExercise
    Subtitle of host publicationPhysical, Physiological and Psychological Benefits
    EditorsDulce Esteves, Kiara Lewis
    PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
    Number of pages50
    ISBN (Electronic)9781536198195
    ISBN (Print)9781536197129
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2021

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    • Active lifestyle
    • Polycystic ovary syndrome
    • Wellbeing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health Professions(all)
    • Medicine(all)


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