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Type: Journal article
Title: Weight management interventions in women with and without pcos: a systematic review
Author: Kataoka, J.
Tassone, E.
Misso, M.
Joham, A.
Stener-Victorin, E.
Teede, H.
Moran, L.
Citation: Nutrients, 2017; 9(9):996-1-996-19
Publisher: MDPI AG
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 2072-6643
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Josefin Kataoka, Eliza C. Tassone, Marie Misso, Anju E. Joham, Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Helena Teede and Lisa J. Moran
Abstract: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrinopathy among women associated with reproductive, metabolic and psychological features. While weight management is recommended as first-line treatment, it is unclear if women with PCOS achieve similar benefits as women without PCOS. This systematic review thus aimed to compare the efficacy of weight management interventions in women with and without PCOS. Databases were searched until May 2017. The primary outcome was weight and anthropometric, reproductive, metabolic and psychological measures were secondary outcomes. Of 3264 articles identified, 14 studies involving n = 933 (n = 9 high and n = 5 moderate risk of bias) met the inclusion criteria. No statistically significant differences in weight or weight loss following the intervention were found between women with and without PCOS in five studies, with the remaining studies not comparing the difference in weight or weight loss between these groups. Secondary outcomes did not differ significantly between the two groups. This review identified that there is a paucity of high quality research in this area and that more rigorous research is needed.
Keywords: Polycystic ovary syndrome; obesity; insulin resistance; weight loss; systematic review
Rights: © 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
RMID: 0030082268
DOI: 10.3390/nu9090996
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