Metabolic Health and Disease: A New Paradigm

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  • $58.00 incl. GST for PSNZ members
  • $115.00 incl. GST for NZHPA members
  • $115.00 incl. GST for non-members

About the event

This course is provided by College Education and Training, a business unit of Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Inc.

Join Dr Catherine Crofts in for this On Demand training about Metabolic Diseases.

If you are interested in bundling this learning, please check out registration for our Wellbeing Kete.

(The Wellbeing Kete consists of 4 learning modules, with the overarching theme of patient wellbeing, bundled together so you can "buy three and get one free").

It is said that 50% of what we have learned at University will be out of date, or disproven after about five years. This suggests that most of us need a review and/or update regarding the new paradigms with metabolic health and disease. This webinar will challenge traditional thinking on metabolic health and disease, especially type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and dementias. By focusing on physiological and biochemical principles, we will learn how these seemingly distinct diseases are connected. We will also consider some of the current controversies in metabolic health, including the importance (or not) of LDL cholesterol with cardiovascular disease, and why type 2 diabetes needs to be considered a disease of high insulin levels. We will also consider the concepts of cognitive dissonance and some management strategies.

Learning outcomes:

At the conclusion of this presentation you will develop a deeper understanding of:

  1. Describe aetiology of metabolic disease, including its pathogenesis.
  2. Explain how type 2 diabetes increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, certain cancers or dementias
  3. Describe the relationship between nutritional biochemistry and metabolic disease
  4. Identify cognitive dissonance, (your own, your patients, and your colleagues) and explore strategies to mitigate or manage this

Presented By - Dr Catherine Crofts

Catherine Crofts is a NZ registered pharmacist (1998) who has maintained the philosophies of optimising medication related outcomes (OMRO), especially using lifestyle. Her career as a pharmacist has focused heavily on aiming to reduce medication burden; using lifestyle where possible. To this end, she completed her Postgrad Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy in 2005. While originally not planning to continue in research, she observed significant health benefits in a cohort of women completing entry-level triathlons. This led to first a Master’s thesis, then a PhD at AUT (2015), with the latter focusing on a deep understanding on the role of insulin in metabolic health and disease.

Catherine is now a lecturer at AUT where she teaches Pharmacology for Professional Practice to health care students (sneaking in lifestyle management where possible) and continues to research metabolic health (Covid permitting). She is also on the faculty of PreKure, a social enterprise aimed at empowering individuals to improve their personal health, but also to educate health coaches. Catherine’s recent publications have included the role of insulin during pregnancy and the impact of metabolic disease, including high insulin levels and low vitamin D levels on poorer outcomes with Covid19. She is happy to chat to anyone about metabolic health and enjoys demystifying the concepts.

Non Member Registration

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Cancellations will not be accepted; the course fee may be transferred to another course or person depending on the situation and advised in writing, but no refunds are available.

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