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Weight loss - what really works?

Dr Carl Peters, specialist endocrinologist and diabetologist, discusses obesity and weight management, focusing on diabetes remission and prevention.

Over one million adults are now considered obese in New Zealand, with rates of obesity considerably higher in Maori and Pacific. Obesity has a strong relationship with insulin resistance and diabetes, which causes significant morbidity and mortality in communities. Sustained weight loss has the potential to delay disease onset or induce remission (for those diagnosed within 6 years), thereby reducing the burden of disease.

This webinar will review three main themes:

  • Strategies for maximising weight loss.
  • The current role of medications in weight loss.
  • The role of weight loss in the remission of type 2 diabetes.

Carl will focus on the evidence for weight loss for diabetes prevention and remission and report on the 2-year results of the DiRECT study (diabetes remission in primary care) utilising VLCD (very low calorie diet).



Dr Carl Peters


Carl is a specialist endocrinologist and diabetologist with particular expertise in the management of diabetes in pregnancy, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, lipid and endocrine disorders.
After training as an endocrinologist in New Zealand, Carl moved to the UK to work as a clinician and clinical researcher at the Institute for Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University. His research work focused on remission of type 2 diabetes.

He works in private practice at the Medical Specialist Centre, is a Consultant at Waitemata District Health Board, Honorary Senior Lecturer for the University of Auckland, Educational Supervisor for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and reports bone densitometry for Auckland Bone Density.