Metabolic Health and Disease: Managing the M.E.S.S

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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.

The Live Webinar will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th July
If you are unable to make it to the live event, a recording of the webinar will be provided on the course page within a few days.

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").

Following on from from her webinar (Metabolic health and disease: A new paradigm) Catherine will focus on lifestyle management of metabolic disease and the promotion of metabolic health. Building on the foundation of nutritional biochemistry, this webinar will consider the pillars of Movement, Eating, Sleep, and Stress (MESS) and how these, especially ‘Eating’, have been clinically proven to cause remission of type 2 diabetes. We will also discuss some of the controversies in the nutritional management of metabolic health (e.g. keto or plant based diets) and the importance of personalising management strategies. Finally we will consider deprescribing considerations as these lifestyle changes may cause dramatic changes to hyperglycaemic and hypertensive control.

Learning outcomes:

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

  1. The impact lifestyle can have on metabolic health
  2. The importance of both personalising lifestyle management and intensive support
  3. Describe drug – lifestyle interactions, deprescribing and monitoring requirements

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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