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This webinar was presented live on August 25, 2020.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a complex hormonal metabolic syndrome that affects 5% to 15% of reproductive-aged women, which puts them at increased risk for infertility, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, eating disorders, and certain gynecological cancers. A functional medicine dietitian can play an integral role in the treatment team of a woman with PCOS by addressing its root causes, including insulin resistance, nutrition, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations. This presentation will provide an overview of current research on therapeutic diets and supplement recommendations in PCOS as well as integrative strategies that may help to alleviate symptoms and lower risk for long-term sequelae of this condition.
CPE Level: 2
Performance Indicators: 10.2.8, 4.1.2, 8.1.5
- Discuss the pathophysiology and long-term sequelae of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- Identify the role of insulin resistance in PCOS
- Implement strategies for nutrition and lifestyle education as part of an overall PCOS treatment plan
Melissa Groves Azzaro, RDN, LD
Melissa Groves Azzaro, RDN, LD, is an integrative registered dietitian and owner of Avocado Grove Nutrition & Wellness, dba The Hormone Dietitian, an in-person and virtual private practice specializing in women’s health and hormone issues, including PCOS and fertility. She uses a functional medicine, food-first approach that combines holistic lifestyle changes with evidence-based medicine.
Melissa is a second-career dietitian, having worked as a copywriter and editor in medical advertising in NYC for 15 years before going back to school for nutrition. She has a BA in English and Dance from Hofstra University and completed her BS in Nutrition/Dietetics and Dietetic Internship at the University of New Hampshire.
Melissa was awarded the Emerging Women’s Health Dietitian of 2019 by the Women’s Health DPG and an UpwaRD Award from FoodMinds in 2019.
She is a previous contributor to Healthline.com and writes for several other food and nutrition blogs. Her book, A Balanced Approach to PCOS, is being released in August 2020. She has served on the DIFM Leadership Team as Social Media Chair since 2018 and is the current Chair-Elect. She previously served on the New Hampshire state board as Professional Development Chair (2018–2020).