- Faculty: Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences-Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science
- Position: Professor
- Research Areas: Cardiovascular Diseases, Cholesterol, Diabetes Mellitus, Diet, Dietary Fats, Intestinal Absorption, Intestines, Metabolic Syndrome, Pediatric Obesity, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Triglycerides
- Research Theme: Lifelong Women's Health
Summary:My research program is focussed on investigating the health and health care of women and adolescents with and without Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a disease that has altered hormones and insulin-glucose metabolism. PCOS is associated with a 2 fold increase in heart disease and a 4 fold increase in diabetes. My PCOS Together research program is aimed at understanding the health status and improving the health and health care of women with PCOS. We are studying early markers of heart disease and diabetes risk in women with and without PCOS. We are also determining health outcomes in women with and without PCOS so we can understand the disease and how it impacts women over a lifetime. We are also surveying the health care needs of women with PCOS with a focus on nutrition and metabolism and best practice management of this disease. We are also undertaking clinical interventions to treat high-risk women with PCOS in the prevention of diabetes and heart disease. We have several studies underway that you can learn about and can join as a participant. Help us understand more about health in PCOS: https://pcos.together.ualberta.ca/
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More awareness, education needed to better treat polycystic ovary syndrome
Survey shows many women may not be getting information and support they need for a condition that causes infertility and is linked with a host of health risks.