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Wageningen University

Nutrition, Heart Disease and Diabetes

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Learn about the role of nutrition in relation to diseases of the circulatory system and diabetes, which are major causes of death worldwide. You'll learn about the etiology of heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, stroke, other forms of cardiovascular diseases and how often these occur worldwide. You will learn about biological modifiable risk factors, such as blood pressure, blood cholesterol and obesity, and how they impact these diseases in a different way. After completing this course you will also have gained adeeper insight in underlying pathophysiological mechanisms, such as insulin resistance, and the role of (epi)genetic factors.

Dieticians and doctors often get questions from their patients on what they can do to improve their health. In this course,part of the Professional Certificate Program Nutrition and Disease, you will learn about the interaction between nutrients, diets and cardiometabolic disease (heart disease and diabetes).

For whom?

The MOOC Nutrition and Disease: Nutrition, Heart Disease and Diabetes is especially valuable for professionals (in training) from various disciplines related to nutrition and health, e.g. nutritionists, epidemiologists, public health workers, physicians, health care professionals, health policy makers, nutrition educators, biologists, and food scientists.

This course, is part of theNutrition and Disease Professional Certificate Program of Wageningen University & Research. Did you already complete Nutrition and Cancer? That is the other course in this Professional Certificate Program.


Module 1 – Cardiometabolic Disease Risk
In this module you will be introduced to the different types of cardiometabolic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Furthermore both biological and environmental risk factors for these diseases such as age, blood pressure and physical exercise will be presented.

Module 2 – Role of diet – Prevention of Cardiometabolic Disease
The role of macronutrient and food intake in relation to cardiometabolic disease prevention will be presented in this module. You will gain knowledge about the importance and development of dietary guidelines for the prevention of disease.

Module 3 – Pathophysiology of Cardiometabolic Disease
Learn about the pathophysiology and processes that contribute to the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Amongst others, insulin resistance, adipose tissue, inflammation, blood lipids and ischemia and reperfusion injury will be discussed.

Module 4 – Molecular Aspects
In this module you will learn about genetic and epigenetic practices in relation to nutrition and cardiometabolic diseases including EWAS, GWAS, diet-gene interactions, DNA methylation and Mendelian Randomisation.

Module 5 – Nutritional Strategies to Reduce Cardiometabolic Diseases
This final module describes some directions for reducing the burden of cardiometabolic diseases. Several dietary patterns, the focus of future scientific research and actions of different stakeholders are discussed.

Taught by

Marianne Geleijnse and Leanne Küpers


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  • I have a bachelor's degree from an American university in a health science field. I learned a great deal in this information dense course that included a nice balance of scientific data and practical application with clear presentation.
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    Hans Reetoo
    I seldom give a 5-star rating to any course because I always believe that the course could have put an extra effort into the content, structure, layout, course assessments, and the learner support platform. The course on Nutrition, Heart Disease, and...
  • Very informative course, with clear explanation on mechanism on cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus. Also very inspiring/ motivating to choose healthier diet & lifestyle
  • Anonymous

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    From the title of the course, it appears that this course should be focusing on nutritional therapy for cardiometabolic diseases. However, the course didn't really focus on that and largely focused on the pathophysiology, genetics and epigenetics. Indeed,...
  • Anonymous
    I took the class because I now have two first degree relatives with type two diabetes and for me it was not only about getting some general knowledge on cardiometabolic diseases, but actual prevention of disease and maintaining my health at a good level....
  • practical insights .diagnostic and preventiv method s.course content is excellent and elaborate /easy to understand and apply
  • i have alredy started to practice healthy eatin habits and invoving friends and family

    lots of thanks to classcentral

  • Anonymous
    Love how this course hits and elaborates on all the relevant aspects of Cardiometabolic health. Really extracted some new previously unknown info regarding the aspects and mechanismes of CMD. also some practical applyable information, which i really appriciate...
  • José Francisco Brás Dias
    Hi everyone! Thank you very much to all of you that made this course possible! I did learn a lot about all the subjects concerning this course and, as a father and a teacher, I know that this will make a difference in the education of my son’s and students....
  • Anonymous
    A very interesting course. It provides a lot of information with practical examples. Well-known researchers in the area are interviewed and help the learners to interlink the fundamental aspects covered by the course instructors with the practical scenarios. I myself use the knowledge which I have been gathering from the course to reduce my weight from 86 to 73 kg and further control my blood glucose at about 105 mg/dl, which was previously around 170 mg/dl. I am planning to continue learning about the relationship between nutrition and disease so that I can help others. Thank you all for your great effort in making the platform very attractive. 
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    Min Htet Zaw is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I like it. It's very scientific based on the fact and research presented in an attractive way. Topics are diverse but relevant to the course objective. I encouraged others to take this course. I gained much knowledge and deep understanding of the nutrition...
  • Anonymous
    I enjoyed taking this course. I want to have all the info I can get to have the best quality of life I can achieve. I also like it because I can tell other people that may benefit from it. It is primordial to have a list of suggested readings if one would like to pursue more details in the available study reports that were done professionally.
  • Anonymous
    I signed up this course looking for answers to my questions on how to prevent and deal with heart diseases and diabetes. I did not expect to find straight answers because I have learned that our bodies are complex organs. I particularly like the emphasis on genetics as it does address the fact that the same health guidelines and treatment can't resolve problems for the whole population as some of us have different genes, and also that our lifestyle preference and environment can influence the genetic behavior ("expressions"). Overall, I am glad that I am taking this course for I did learn many useful things that I can apply to take care of my own health.
  • Anonymous
    The course is very interestingly set up and despite me having an interest in the topic I believe it to be fascinating to other students, which know less about the topic as well. The balance between videos of a good length, written tasks, engaging with peers and graded and ungraded quizzes makes it a good learning experience. I have very much enjoyed taking the course and learning about the different topics it touches on. Furthermore, I would like to take another course of the UNiversity's online programmes, as they are well set up and highly relevant.
  • Anonymous
    I have enjoyed the content and especially the role of epigenetics on cardiometabolic health. I found the studies aspect interesting. However, even with my academic background in nutritional science, I found some of the exam questions confusing in this area. Not sure how those doing verified but not in the health sciences found it? I also enjoyed reasearching the assignments regarding studies. It has been harder than I expected and will definitely need to go back over the content and videos a few times before using the knowledge in my own field.
  • welcome

    This course was one of the most wonderful courses I have studied in the recent period, and in all honesty, I benefited a lot from all the information that was presented in the course, and its effect began quickly, as I started to change my lifestyle and advised many patients who visit my pharmacy, and I try to convince them of a lot One of the things in their diet that has an impact on their health, especially heart disease and diabetes.
    I was very happy to join you.

    Thank you so much.
  • Anonymous
    knowledge is power, above course prove it, with that knowledge we can make healthier world and able to solve many issues also able to create sustainable future, I highly recommend people try the course, its worthy of your time, person from different background also get beneficial knowledge, most recommended to GP's, nutritionist, dieticians,fitness trainers, other health this course and hardworking of university.
  • Anonymous
    A great introductory course for all the matters related to CMD, a lot of information to study during and even more after the course. very helpful and interesting. my 4 star rate is due to the way the knowledge was tested, not focused on important but too specific details that you couldn't remember from a video rather from general topics and others weren't assessed, but overall it was a great experience of learning.
  • Anonymous
    The course on Nutrition, Heart Disease, and Diabetes checks all these boxes for me.

    The strongest attribute of this course is undoubtedly its content. At first, the amount of information provided may seem overwhelming but the course gradually breaks down each topic from its tiny bits until all the details come together for a more comprehensive and meaningful picture.
  • Anonymous
    The course on Nutrition, Heart Disease, and Diabetes checks all these boxes for me.

    The strongest attribute of this course is undoubtedly its content. At first, the amount of information provided may seem overwhelming but the course gradually breaks down each topic from its tiny bits until all the details come together for a more comprehensive and meaningful picture.

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