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Diet and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

McKittrick, Martha RD, CDN, CDE

Nutrition and Disease

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common endocrine disorder found in up to 10% of women. It can have profound metabolic consequences, including increased risk of diabetes and heart disease, if not treated. The majority of women with polycystic ovary syndrome are obese and many are insulin resistant. Diet, exercise, and weight loss play important roles in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome.

From The New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Martha McKittrick, RD, CDN, CDE, specializes in weight control, hyperlipidemia, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and diabetes. She has been on staff at The New York Presbyterian Hospital for the past 17 years. She also counsels clients privately and is a consultant to physicians, corporations, and health clubs. She is on the medical advisory board for the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association (PCOSA) and is on the editorial advisory board for PCOS Pavilion of OBGYN.NET. She has lectured on diet and PCOS at the PCOSA conferences in San Diego, New York, and Philadelphia.

Corresponding author: Martha McKittrick, RD, CDN, CDE, 436 E 69th St, New York, NY 10021 (e-mail:

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