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

Matthew Haines, Sharon Newson, Amie Woodward, David 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 - 22 Jul 2021

Publication series

NamePhysical Fitness, Diet and Exercise
PublisherNova Publishers


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