Case study ( 2977 views as of March 18, 2019 )
Kelly is a 28-year-old woman is struggling with irregular periods and weight gain. She has gained 40 lbs over the last four years and has found that her periods became more irregular over this time. She is currently having a period every 3-4 months. She also notes more acne and frontal hair loss.
Kelly is seen by her family physician who orders some tests. Her testosterone levels are mildly elevated which is suggestive of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. She is also noted to have pre-diabetes. Her blood pressure and cholesterol levels are in the upper range of normal.
Kelly is referred to a dietitian and is advised to increase her exercise to include more weight training and cardio. She joins a gym and is seeing a trainer at the gym a few times per month who guides her with an exercise regimen. She is also prescribed an oral contraceptive agent to treat her irregular periods, acne and hair growth.
Kelly could also benefit from recommendations from her nutritionist. It is important to utilize lifestyle options such as yoga, considering a personal trainer to improve outcomes and activity levels and general well-being.Author: Dr. Sabrina Gill