Talk in Cape Town on Diabetes and expanding waistlines

Mar 22, 2016 No Comments by

Professor Tandi Matsha, Faculty of Health Science, Cape Peninsula University of Technology will present a free public talk on Diabetes with a focus on the phenomenon of expanding waistlines (t.t.b.c) on Wednesday, 20th April at 5pm at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*

Abstract: Global obesity levels are soaring out of control with South African rates amongst the top ten countries. Obesity is the most important risk factor for diabetes, but the interaction of genes and the environment also plays a major role in diabetes. In 2014, 422 million adults in the world were reported to have diabetes and estimates from international organization suggest that the population of people with diabetes is growing relatively faster in Africa than anywhere else. In South Africa, diabetes is increasingly common among disadvantaged or previously disadvantaged populations who were thought to be at lower risk of such conditions.

Prof Matsha heads up the Obesity and Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle Research Unit located at the Bellville Campus. A C-rated researcher, her work focuses on the genetic and environmental risk factors in obesity related diseases. She is a leader in her field and has made a huge contribution to education and research at CPUT.  For more on Research Gate

*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue until the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the auditorium i.e. last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).

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