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Food diaries prospectively collected over 6 months from women on a low GI diet or healthy eating diet were analysed retrospectively.

The women were recruited for a pilot randomised control trial investigating whether a low GI diet decreased the risk of Endometrial Cancer.

Nine women with PCOS completed 33 food diaries 17 from women on a low GI diet and 16 from women on a healthy eating diet recording food items low GI group: Data was analysed using Foster-Powell international values inserted into an SPSS llsa as no scientifically valid established nutrition software was found. Women allocated the low GI diet had a statistically significant lower Tniker of food items Longer term compliance needs evaluation in subsequent studies to ascertain that this translates to reduced long term health risks.

The clinical problems include infertility, oligomenorrhoea, obesity and hirsutism and longer term health risks include diabetes, endometrial cancer, and increased cardiovascular morbidity [ 6 – 9 ].

It is thought that insulin resistance is central to the pathophysiology of PCOS [ 10 – 12 ], which underpins the rationale for measures that improve insulin resistance such as dietary modification, exercise and the use of Metformin in the treatment of PCOS and prevention of the long term health risks.

It has, been suggested that dietary modification using a low calorie low glycaemic index GI diet could specifically reduce some of the health risks associated with PCOS including endometrial cancer when compared to other diets [ 13 – 15 ].

A low GI diet contains carbohydrates that minimise changes in post prandial glucose levels and leads to a sustained reduction in hyperinsulinaemia [ 16 ].

However the realisation of any long term benefits requires compliance to the low GI diet. This study assessed compliance to a low GI diet in women with PCOS using food diaries collected prospectively over six months as part of a pilot randomised control trial at Nottingham University Hospital investigating whether a low GI diet decreased the risk of endometrial cancer [ 17 ].

The objectives of the compliance sub analysis were to:. Assess the current methods of measuring compliance to a low GI diet tinkrr determine the most effective way for use with food diaries. Measure compliance to a low GI diet for women on a low GI kcal deficit diet comparing the proportion of GI foods in the diet of this group to foods eaten by women on a healthy eating kcal deficit diet.

Determine whether there was any decrease in compliance over the course of the six month study. Written informed consent was obtained from all subjects. Details of the methods used in the randomised controlled trial have been previously published [ 17 ] but briefly; women had been tinke from gynaecological clinics at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, and also a dietician running a regular PCOS weight management clinic.

Volunteers were also requested from a PCOS website http: The trial entry criteria were: Exclusion criteria included previous or current history of any cancer, use of the combined pill, progesterones or clomiphene, women about to undergo intrauterine insemination and in-vitro fertilisation. Women from the clinics and volunteers from other sources were invited to make contact to arrange further assessment.

One thousand four hundred and thirty three new and follow up patients were seen in gynaecology clinics over 12 months. Nineteen patients were identified who met the trial criteria of which 11 were recruited to the trial and were randomised by a web based lsw six to a kcal deficit low GI diet and five to kcal deficit hypocaloric healthy eating approach.

The numbers allocated to each arm and randomisation groups were unknown to the food diary analyst until data tinkre been entered therefore single blinding the study. The tinjer completed food diaries at the start of the study and then at one, three and six month stages. Baseline dietetic advice and information was provided and ongoing support offered before the completion of these diaries. The senior dietician involved in the study explained the protocol and distributed personal record booklets providing information for patients depending on the diet plan to which they were randomised.

The booklets contained information on the particular diet, together with an appointment progress record and test results. Patients were told to follow the diet as closely as tniker every day for six months and keep the food diaries with as much detail as possible. The diaries emphasised the tinier of portion sizes and eating breakfast, lunch and an evening meal every day. Snacking was allowed within the diet from a daily allowance totalling kcal from a selection provided.

These additional calories were included in the diet regimen. At least three and a half hours of exercise a week was recommended, but tinke upper limit was set. The primary outcome measure was the mean GI of food items consumed as recorded in the food diaries.


Secondary outcome measures included the proportion of foods consumed with a low GI, the mean Glycaemic Loads GL of food items and meals consumed, and changes in weight, and BMI. A valid method of assessing compliance to a low GI diet though food diaries was sought using an internet search engine Googlea literature search Medline -present, Embase, CINAHL, BNI, Athens and Cochrane and personal enquires from international and local dietetic experts Personal communication; discussions took place with: Enquiries suggested that there was no scientifically valid established nutrition software available to accurately analyse the GI and GL of dietary intake.

Therefore an SPSS database was created populated by internationally accepted GI values from the Foster-Powell [ 16 ] international table of GI and GL values which combined all relevant data published between and and included GI values for over types of foods, with nearly separate entries. For the various foods consumed in the diaries, the best matched GI value was assigned by manually reviewing the table which has been used in many published studies [ 131518 – 21 ], and was recommended by the experts contacted.

If there were GI values for multiple brands of the same food, the average value was taken. In cases where foods did not correspond to food types in published values, the GI was left absent.

However foods containing little or no carbohydrate such as meat, poultry, fish, salad vegetables or eggs were assumed to be zero. The mean and median GI of food items, proportion of high GI foods used and GL of food items and meals were compared between women randomised to a low GI diet compared to the healthy eating diet.

Means were compared using the independent Students t-test, medians using the Mann-Whitney test and proportions using Chi squared. The difference in proportion of low medium and high GI foods between the two groups was assessed by Chi squared and the One way Analysis of Variance ANOVA test was used to discover whether there was a significant trend of mean GI and GL over the six month period, supplemented by a multiple range test if the ANOVA was significant to identify particular differences.

Finally the accuracy of a commercially available software package NutriGenie [ 22 ] was analysed by comparing results generated using it with results generated using the SPSS package and measuring agreement using the Kappa test. There was no significant difference in the clinical or biochemical the features in the women with PCOS entered into the either arm of the trial [ 17 ].

Summary from all subjects of the results of the completeness of data collection for dietetic intervention. A comparison of completed food diaries and clinic attendance from all subjects for each study arm. The mean GI value in the group allocated a low GI diet was significantly lower than the healthy eating group Glycaemic Index of food recorded in food diaries from all subjects throughout the 6 month study.

The Mean GIs of the diets had been calculated at several time points after the diaries had been completed for a week following the baseline advice given by the dietician. It however suggests that as time progressed, adherence to the low GI diet decreased. Summary of mean and median Glycaemic Load of food items and meals for the 6 month trial period from all subjects.

A post hoc sample size calculation showed that for the difference in meal GI of food items in both groups found in our study 3. In our study, food items were evaluated in the low GI group and in the healthy eating group.

Women in both groups lost weight and reduced their waist and hip circumference and BMI with a 5. The accuracy of the NutriGenie software was analysed by comparing results generated with the results from analysis using the SPSS database. There were food items in the diaries, These were categorised into low medium and high GI, using the internationally accepted criteria, to allow comparison with the NutriGenie database which had originally been considered to analyse the data.

Only items These and all other differences between the two databases were examined at source and the values on the SPSS database were checked back to the international database to ensure that there was no transcribing error. No transcribing errors were found although all items classified as low in the database had values bordering the medium classification. The poor agreement between methods was confirmed by a Kappa test value of 0. There was a significantly lower mean GI of food items and GL of food items and meals in women randomised to the low GI arms of the trial compared to the healthy eating arm.

The results suggested that compliance decreased as the study progressed although the mean GI and GL of food items and GL of meals were lower at all stages in the low GI group compared to the healthy eating group.

The average GI of food items was 8. The proportion of low, medium and high GI foods also differed significantly between the two arms, and the intake of high GI foods was lower in the low GI group.


As far as we know, this was the first study to have assessed compliance to a low GI diet by analysing the GI value of data prospectively collected in food diaries and there were no published studies to compare the findings with.

The study was limited by various factors. A key limitation was the small sample size but although the study had a small number of women entered, the majority of diaries were well completed and the data available were large, so overall statistically significant differences were observable.

However trends and sub group analysis were not statistically significant due to the small sample size. Although selection bias was limited due to randomisation, the small sample size may have increased the potential effect from volunteer bias and non-participation bias. Of those volunteering or referred to the trial only 19 met all eligibility criteria, 11 entered the trial and nine completed the trial. It is more likely that women who dropped out of the trial would not have complied with the dietary intervention, increasing the chance of the results showing compliance.

However, a strength of the study was that it was linked to a rigorously conducted CRUK pilot which had consistent entry criteria, thorough randomisation, and good dietetic support for participants. The diaries were set out in a way encouraging a high level of detail, potentially allowing all food and drink consumed each day with quantities to be recorded. Printed recording booklets for food intake prompted patients for the desired information and structured data in an organised way facilitating data analysis.

This assessment method, when completed properly, was a robust way of gathering data and has been shown to have a beneficial reactivity effect [ 24 ] increasing compliance. Another limitation was the lack of universal agreement on the GI values of foods, whether drinks such as tea and coffee should be included and the complexities around how to account for issues such as ripeness of fruit and specific combinations of foods which potentially affect each other.

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No account of food interactions was included in the analysis. The inclusion of lxa portion sizes could have introduced inaccuracy but this will not have affected the results tinksr to GI of food items recorded.

Although this study was single blinded, information bias could have occurred. The dietician knew which study arm patients were allocated to and more importantly the patients knew what intervention they were having in terms of low GI or healthy eating diet.

In addition, the self monitoring by patients meant that control of data collection was the patient’s full responsibility so the accuracy of the data relied on the patient’s compliance to keeping the diary.

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The potential for bias in self completed diaries where the lsz knew what intervention they should be following was high. Less desirable eating episodes may have been excluded from the diaries, biasing the monitored behaviour in the desired direction. There was also the possibility of recall bias where information may have been entered retrospectively from memory leading to inaccurate recordings.

The Hawthorne effect could have introduced bias during the whole study but particularly during the four weeks out of the six month trial that patients were required to fill in a food diary and rinker diaries may not have been representative of the other 20 weeks the patients were expected to comply with the dietetic advice.

However it is not possible to totally rule out the Hawthorne effect in behaviourally based studies or to truly blind the participants to dietetic interventions. The internationally accepted range for low GI intake is and both groups in the study had an average GI of food items and GL of foods that was low.

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The average GI for items was The average GL of items for the low GI diet was 8. These effects may be the result of the general advice and information given by the dieticians as many of the healthy eating diet foods suggested, such as salads, fruit and vegetables were similar to those suggested for the low GI diet and usually have a low Yinker.

The main high GI foods within the diaries were potato and certain breads and breakfast cereals of which the participants of lsaa low GI diet were advised to avoid in the personal record booklet suggesting all participants followed dietetic advice.

After enquires to find an appropriate programme to assess the food diaries it became apparent that an affordable commercial database was not available. The NutriGenie software initially looked a possible solution for qualitative analysis of whether the diet was predominantly low GI. NutriGenie, despite claiming thousands of entries, contained significantly fewer foods from the diaries.