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The association of lifestyle factors with inflammatory conditions in women with and without polycystic ovary syndrome


Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition affecting up to 1 in 5 reproductive-aged women associated with reproductive, metabolic and psychological complications. Inflammation is proposed as one of the aetiological factors associated with PCOS and conditions associated with increased inflammation such as asthma and depression are more prevalent in women with PCOS. Different foods are understood to modify inflammation so that better quality diets or diets higher in fruit and vegetables tend to be anti-inflammatory. However, the contribution of dietary quality to conditions associated with inflammation in PCOS is not known. The proposed study will investigate whether dietary quality is associated with type 2 diabetes, depression and asthma in women with and without PCOS.