5th International Congress on Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome


Translating early weight loss into long-term benefits

16:00-18:00, 18 April 2013, Hall B, Austria Center Vienna

Chair: Lawrence Leiter, Toronto, Canada

Effective management of obesity to prevent the development of complications including diabetes is challenging. While obesity and related health issues receive considerable and growing attention worldwide, there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings that are widely accepted and can be obstacles to reducing long-term health risks associated with overweight/obesity. In this symposium, we will review the evidence to separate the facts from the fiction in the management of obesity. Many overweight/obese people fail to achieve long-term goals for weight management and associated cardiometabolic risk factors. With the availability of new treatments and an evolving evidence base, we will consider how to best use available therapies including lifestyle measures, pharmacotherapy and surgery to achieve optimal outcomes taking into account not only the weight loss achievable but effects on factors including insulin resistance, β-cell function and cardiometabolic risk factors. Implementation of rational, tailored treatment strategies based on the clinical evidence will be addressed through a series of interactive case studies.

16:00-16:15 Welcome and introduction Lawrence Leiter
Toronto, Canada
16:15-16:40 Long-term success in treating obesity.
What’s true? What’s false?
Arne Astrup
Copenhagen, Denmark
16:40-17:05 Reinforcing weight loss: options for surgery and pharmacotherapy in 2013 Nicholas Finer
London, UK
17:05-18:00 Case study series: Optimizing health outcomes in individual patients All

Hot in the news: fact and fiction in obesity
Arne Astrup will be discussing his much publicized publication on obesity myths and misconceptions