Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal imbalance affecting about 12% of women in the UK. The number of women with PCOS is rising. There may be a combination of symptoms including excess hair, irregular/absent periods, and infertility. More than half of the patients with PCOS are overweight or obese and almost half of these women have a problem in controlling (metabolising) their blood sugar and therefore are at a higher risk of developing diabetes.
But the good news is studies have shown that if women with PCOS make changes to their lifestyle (diet and activity), they may reduce their risk of getting diabetes and heart disease in the future. It may also help with managing their symptoms of PCOS.
Dealing with signs and symptoms of PCOS such as irregular periods, excess hair and weight issues, can be both challenging and stressful and therefore women with PCOS are reported to suffer more with anxiety and depression. This may make it more difficult to make lifestyle changes.
This study aims to test a programme that can be run in groups (structured education), to support women with PCOS to make the lifestyle changes which would help them improve their PCOS and prevent future associated health problems. After taking the views from patients with PCOS and looking at the scientific research, we have developed a lifestyle programme specifically tailored for women with PCOS.
There are 2 sessions which are approximately two and a half hours long where patients will have the opportunity to understand more about PCOS, its long term health consequences, explore different lifestyle programmes such as physical activity and diet to help with PCOS and to also develop a self-management plan.
We have developed an additional session for the emotional management and coping strategies with long term chronic conditions such as PCOS.
SUCCESS is a randomised controlled study, which means that patients will be randomly
assigned to either of the two groups in the study; group 1 or control group and group 2 or those invited to attend the education programme. Patients in group 1 (control group) will receive some useful leaflets providing information about PCOS and about how exercise can be used to help in treatment of this condition. Patients in group 2 will be invited to attend the education programme.
All the patients in the study (both groups) will be followed up for a year with 4 visits to our research clinics for blood tests and other monitoring.
At the end of the study we will offer the education programme to all people in the control group. Further information about the study could be found in “participants’ information sheet” and http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01462864
Details of eligibility criteria for the study can be found in the participants’ information sheet.
Any woman aged between 18-50 years old with a confirmed diagnosis of PCOS and a recorded body mass index of:
can take part in SUCCESS.
We will recruit from primary and secondary care (Hospital clinics or GP surgeries) and any patients with a diagnosis of PCOS who is interested in taking part in the study. You can find out more about the study by downloading the patient information leaflet click on the link or on the document below.
Dr Hamid Mani
T: 0116 258 4311/ 07576145667