3rd Latin America Congress on Controversies to Consensus in Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension


what do we know and what should we do

17:30–19:00, 14 March 2014, Hall A, Megapolis Convention Center, Panama City, Panama

Chair: Ada Cuevas, Santiago, Chile

Obesity is a major and growing challenge to good health globally. Obesity is closely linked with type 2 diabetes and the prevalence of obesity both is increasing rapidly in Latin America and in many countries levels are approaching or even passing those seen in the USA. Despite the heavy burden of poor health and premature mortality associated with obesity, few people have access to effective support when attempting to control their weight, and most efforts at long-term weight control are unsuccessful.

In this interactive symposium – chaired by Ada Cuevas from Santiago, Chile – we will look at integrated strategies for the management of obesity, considering effects on body weight and taking into account the possible presence of comorbidities and complications. Luc van Gaal (Antwerp, Belgium) will consider what can be achieved with bariatric surgery and pharmacotherapy for weight control in people without type 2 diabetes and barriers to use in real-world settings. Pablo Aschner (Bogotá, Colombia) will then review the weight effects of different antihyperglycemic therapies in people with type 2 diabetes and the latest evidence on the use of metabolic surgery in this population. Case studies will be used to highlight the practical application of evidence-based approaches to tailored weight management.


17:30–17:35 Introduction and welcome Ada Cuevas,
17:35–18:05 Managing weight in overweight and obese people Luc Van Gaal,
18:05–18:30 Weight and metabolic effects of antidiabetic therapy Pablo Aschner,
18:30–18:55 Integrated management of obesity alongside other disorders All faculty
18:55–19:00 Questions and closing remarks All faculty