Andrew Richards

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Fall 11-2021


Polycystic ovarian syndrome is an endocrine disorder with the highest prevalence in the United States. The purpose of this study was to determine if a whole food plant-based diet, moderate caloric restriction, and moderate-intensity exercise could reduce body mass index in overweight women diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. The study was a bound case study, five participants were recruited and two participants completed the study. Self-reported measurements on biometric data were recorded pre and post-intervention. The study also examined the effect these lifestyle changes had on menstrual regularity. Health coaches were utilized to assist participants in adherence to the lifestyle changes. The two participants experienced a reduction in their body mass index and an improvement in menstrual regularity.

Keywords: Polycystic ovarian disease, whole food plant-based diet, moderate-intensity exercise, health coach