Supervisor of Master thesis "Weight management practices in adult reproductive age PCOS patient population in Latvia: expectations from lifestyle modification programmes and results they provide" Z.Mihailovska

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MASTER THESIS.

Title - Weight management practices in adult reproductive age PCOS patient population in Latvia: expectations from lifestyle modification programmes and results they provide // Svara regulēšanai pielietotās metodes pieaugušu, reproduktīvā vecuma PCOS pacienšu vidū Latvijā: gaidas no dzīvesveida izmaiņu programmām un to sniegtā rezultāta.

Co-authors - Dace Rezeberga, Lāsma Līdaka.

Abstract - Objective: Research objective was to examine weight management practices used in adult reproductive age PCOS patient population in Latvia and expectations from lifestyle modification programmes and results they provide. Background: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age, which affects 8-13% of women. The main treatment for PCOS is lifestyle management which includes healthy nutrition and regular physical activity. About 60-70% PCOS patients are overweight or obese. Lifestyle changes are recommended to all women with PCOS but weight loss is recommended for overweight and obese patients because it improves PCOS related health problems. There are high dropout rates in studies in PCOS population, which shows the need to examine factors affecting PCOS patient adherence to lifestyle programms. Methods: Self-reported data was obtained by online survey. Inclusion criteria: diagnosed PCOS by doctor, age 18-49, place of residence is Latvia. Exclusion criteria: pregnancy, menopause, lactation, chronic illness not related to PCOS. Results: Almost two thirds (63,3%) of patients had increased body mass index and half of them (32,2%) was obese, one third (34,4%) of patients was normal weight. Most of the PCOS patients (84,4%) in reproductive age tried to lose weight but only 27,4% achieved weight loss in 12 months. Women with PCOS mainly practiced healthy weight management methods, but 11,1% used unhealthy methods. More than half of PCOS patients (60,0%) didn’t reach minimal recommended physical activity. Women with PCOS were interested in gaining improvements in different aspects of health. PCOS patients were more interested in practicing regular physical activity, suffiecient sleep time and stress lowering techniques than following different diets. Conclusions: Women with PCOS practice mainly healthy weight management methods, but part of them still uses unhealthy methods to achieve weight loss. PCOS patients in reproductive age are interested in participating in lifestyle management programms and are interested in gaining improvements in different aspects of health.
Period2021 → …
Held atFaculty of Public Health and Social Welfare
Degree of RecognitionLocal