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Short course on Metabolic Syndrome

30 Clinical Points Only R 1 500.00 (incl VAT)

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No matter how we measure it up, obesity and the related metabolic syndrome (manifesting as Type 2 Diabetes) is a massive ever-growing global health problem. It has progressively increased in incidence to the extent that now over two thirds of the world’s 7.7 billion people are at risk (WHO, 2019). This obesity ‘explosion’ and obsession with food and weight control programmes as portrayed in the media, social media and on television, goes hand in hand with an exponential rise in related mortality and morbidity over the last 30 years. At the top of the list of diseases affected by the metabolic syndrome are those related to the cardiovascular system. Despite our vast scientific, social, and global advances we still suffer fatal cardiovascular disease, cancers, and arthritis, many of those attributable to the metabolic consequences of excessive body fat.

Obesity is a complex condition which often presents with associated co-morbidities, which, even despite intense medical interventions and managements, will progress relentlessly. Body mass related disorders are the most expensive conditions to manage and are only second to smoking related diseases. This course will navigate you through the murky mire of medical misconceptions and critically explore the present scientific information that exist in this field.

This course will aid practitioners in recognising symptoms of the metabolic syndrome to ensure timely intervention and better quality of life for patients living with the condition.

Who Should Enroll

All clinicians that have identified a need to refresh their knowledge around metabolic syndrome inclusive of Type 2 Diabetes and the latest evidence-based management of their patients presenting with symptoms and signs of the syndrome.

Learning Outcomes

On achieving this course, a learner will be able to:

  • Describe the spectrum of metabolic syndrome.
  • Examine the interrelated factors leading to the development of the metabolic syndrome.
  • Apply basic physiological principles in the differential diagnosis of a patient who presents. with obesity and perform a comprehensive assessment on a patient.
  • Explain the co-morbidities and risk factors associated with obesity.
  • Counsel patients on the prevention and management of obesity.
  • Critically reflect upon the controversies surrounding obesity and the metabolic syndrome.
  • Formulate a comprehensive clinical management plan for a patient who requires weight loss or who has metabolic syndrome.

Course Design

This is an eLearning course.


Participants are required to complete this course within 3 months from date of registration.

Course Content

The following topics are included in this short course:

Module 1: Obesity management and the metabolic syndrome
Introductions, Definitions, Clinical measurements.

Module 2: Nutritional aspects relating to and affecting weight loss
The ancient body in the modern world, obesity and the control of energy balance, the development of a weight loss plan, the biomechanical mechanisms, psycho-social assessment and behavioural modification.

Module 3: Endocrinology
Basic principles of endocrinology, feedback control, endocrine-related disorders, gastro-intestinal hormones, calcium metabolism, gonadal hormones, pregnancy and lactation, case studies.

Module 4: Aetiology of obesity
Pathophysiology of feeding and fat storage, obesity and inflammatory disease, gut flora, sleep deprivation, socio-environmental, genetics, secondary causes of obesity.

Module 5: Co-morbidities discussed in detail

Module 6: Principals in the treatment of obesity
Facing the enemy, focusing on direct management of obesity, WHO action plan, dietary decisions, intermittent fasting, superfoods, fibre, fermented foods, reduced fat diets, screening tools.

Module 7: Dietary Decisions

Module 8: Exercise
BMR, what matters more: diet or exercise.

Module 9: Medication

CNS acting agents, lipase inhibition, insulin resistance, toxic DNP, Developmental drugs.

Module 10: Bariatric surgery

Module 11: Obesity in children
Causes, risks, treatment, puberty.

Module 12: Obesity in pregnancy

Module 13: Obesity in the elderly


Participants are required to complete a multiple-choice questionnaire assessment at the end of each module and obtain a cumulative pass rate of 70%.


FPD will award participants with a certificate of completion for this course, should they successfully complete the assessment process.


Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for 30 Clinical CEU’s on Level 2.

Course Fee

R 1 500.00 (Inclusive of VAT and Taxes where applicable)


School of Health Sciences
Tel: +27 87 821 1109
E-mail: healthscience@foundation.co.za
Address: P.O. Box 75324, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040

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