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Case Report

Zumba®!: An Antidote for Uncontrolled Weight Gain Associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome with Subclinical Hypothyroidism?

Nnamdi Orakpo Ph.D1,2* and James H. Swan Ph.D2
1Department of Medicine, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
2Department of Applied Gerontology, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, University of North Texas, Denton, USA
Corresponding Author : Nnamdi Orakpo
Biomedical Gerontologist & Doctor of Medicine Candidate
Department of Aging and Disabilities, University of North Texas
Denton, TX, USA
Tel: 469-274-2308
E-mail: [email protected]
Received June 03, 2013; Accepted September 30, 2013; Published October 03, 2013
Citation: Orakpo N, Swan JH (2013) Zumba®!: An Antidote for Uncontrolled Weight Gain Associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome with Subclinical Hypothyroidism? J Gerontol Geriat Res 2:132. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000132
Copyright: © 2013 Orakpo N, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Background: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a variant of anovulatory cycles, presents with an estrogen dominance with low progesterone, sometimes leading to Subclinical hypothyroidism (SH). This case study is about a 31 year old woman with the inability to conceive, who was diagnosed with PCOS. Since her diagnosis 12 years ago, she has been to many physicians who have been unable to successfully manage her “mystery case”. She currently has all the symptoms of PCOS with weight gain, hirsutism, hyperlipidemia, and Type II Diabetes Mellitus, for which she took Metformin, and could not bear the side effects. Recently, she discovered a goiter in her neck. This case study examines the etiology of PCOS, leading to SH, and the battle with increasing weight loss success. Methods: Laboratory data and logs of weight changes of the subject between years 2007-2013 was utilized. After being diagnosed with PCOS, the patient was prescribed the following regimen: 1) diet, 2) family support 3) OCP, Ca2+, Metformin, Vitamins, fat burners, and colon cleansers 4) moderate- vigorous Physical Activity-Zumba. The subject was reevaluated every three months with a physical exam and hormone lab tests; ELISA for Anti- peroxidase was also performed. Results: Physical exam revealed a goitre, but most recent ELISA test ruled out Hashimoto’s (anti-microsomal antibodies). Estradiol=1.8 pg/mL (N=1.3-2.3), Progesterone=11 pg/mL (N=75-270), Pg/E2 Ratio=6 (Optimal=100-500), Testosterone=17 pg/mL (N=16-55), DHEA Sulfate=287 (N=39-232), Morning Cortisol=3.8 ng/mL (N=3.7-9.5), LDL=118 (N=0-99), Cholesterol=233 (N=0-199), Free T3=2.5 pg/mL (N=2.3-4.2), Free T4=0.91 (N=0.73-1.95), Thyroid peroxidase Ab<1 IU/mL (N<9 IU/mL), and Ultrasensitive TSH=2.810 IU/mL (N=0.500-4.7). The patient lost 83 pounds between 2008-2010 with the original treatment regimen that included 14 prescription drugs. After intervention in 2012 the subject had a 3% decrease in BMI. Conclusion: The study concluded that weight loss success was achieved through the following: 1) moderatevigorous physical activity: High-Impact Zumba, spousal, physician, and family support; self-motivation; selfempowerment; and optimism.


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