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The Global increase in the prevalence of type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM) especially in developing countries is a major public health concern. It is estimated that the current prevalence of type 2 DM is at least 5.5 % and is expected to rise in future (Coetzee A; Beukes A; 2019) . Furthermore, Metabolic Syndrome is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, which contributes to an estimated 31% of mortalities globally. It is therefore not only a local epidemic but global. It is estimated that 80% of obese adults are likely to have metabolic syndrome. The cluster of conditions that are the hallmark of metabolic syndrome need to be identified and managed holistically and not as individual conditions.

This comprehensive course shifts away from the limited and often skewed term, obesity, to metabolic syndrome which is better defined and more medically orientated. This course offers an interactive activity-based workshop. Medicine is an ever-evolving field and this course will keep participants updated in terms of the latest evidence-based information available.

The aim of this course is to aid practitioners in recognizing metabolic syndrome to ensure timely intervention and ensuring a better quality of life for patients living with the condition. We believe that this course will be knowledge building , informative and that it will spark an interest in the controversial debate around metabolic syndrome.

(Coetzee A; Beukes A; 2019: The prevalence and risk factors for diabetes mellitus in healthcare workers at Tygerberg hospital, Cape Town, South Africa: a retrospective study)

Who Should Enroll?

Clinicians that have identified a need to refresh their knowledge around the management of metabolic syndrome.

Course Design

Interactive 2-Day workshop. Utilizing case studies and group discussions for knowledge enhancement,

Learning Outcomes

  • Definitions
  • Epidemiology
  • Measurement modalities
  • Pathophysiological phenomena
  • Psycho-social associations
  • Aetiologies
  • Congenital
  • Acquired, dietary, sedentary, hormonal and iatrogenic
  • Presentations of diseases
  • Co-morbidities, measurements and management
  • Specific medical management
  • Dietary
  • Exercise
  • Medical management
  • Surgical intervention
  • Obesity in children, pregnancy and the elderly
  • Controversies


    Participants will need to complete a MSQ questionnaire at the end of the workshop and achieve a minimum score of 70% on the assessment questionnaire in order to qualify for a certificate of completion.


    The course is accredited according to HPCSA rules and guidelines for 30 CEU’s on Level 2.

    Cost, Dates & Venues

    R3 500.00 (Inclusive of all VAT and taxes where applicable.) This includes all study material and assessment.

    8-9 May 2021 - Virtual Classroom Sessions

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    FPD School of Health Sciences