RESEARCH PROJECT - Visceral fat and vascular risk in PCOS

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RESEARCH PROJECT - Visceral fat and vascular risk in PCOS

Postby Lutzomyia » Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:53 pm

Dear All,

Please take a few minutes to read this research summary from the University Hospital of Wales/Cardiff University/Wales Heart Research Institute and if you are suitable please e-mail Dr Rosie Hocking at hockingrk1@cardiff.ac.uk Ethical approval has been given by the appropriate committee.

Thank you

Tracy Nevatte - Verity Research Officer

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the commonest hormone condition in women of reproductive age. In addition to its well-recognised effects on weight gain, excessive hair growth and infertility, it is becoming increasingly clear that PCOS is associated with long-term health risks including diabetes and arterial (blood vessel)/heart muscle disease, both of which are related to impaired action of insulin throughout the body, also known as insulin resistance.

There is increasing evidence that a major underlying cause of insulin resistance is a build up of a particular type of fat around the bowel called visceral fat. There have not been any studies on the relationship between visceral fat and arterial disease (or 'stiffness') or heart muscle function in young women with PCOS, but this may be an importnat area to study as research in middle-aged women with PCOS has shown that visceral fat is associated with increased 'furring' of the arteries in the neck, which is a marker for early heart disease.

We aim to measure visceral fat area in women with PCOS and relate this to arterial stiffness and heart muscle function.

Subjects will have blood and urine tests, an oral glucose tolerance test, CT and DEXA scans to assess body fat distribution, heart ultrasound scan and non-invasive studies of blood vessels to assess cardiovascular health.

If you wish to know more about participating in this study, please contact: Dr Rosie Hocking at hockingrk1@cardiff.ac.uk

Thank you
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STUDY FINISHED

Postby Lutzomyia » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:15 am

This project has now recruited all the participants needed. Thank you so much for those who took the time to read about it, whether you took part or not. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Tracy
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