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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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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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,...
  • 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.
  • Very informative course, with clear explanation on mechanism on cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus. Also very inspiring/ motivating to choose healthier diet & lifestyle
  • Anonymous
    This course has been so helpful because it has given me more insight on cardiometabolic diseases and it has helped me to gain more knowledge about such diseases, I am going going to start working with cardiometabolic patients and will now know how to handle them with the knowledge I have gained on this course, would love to top up with a degree in nutrition,diabetes and heart diseases so that I become a professional in this field, hope you offer this as well on a degree level,I am really grateful, stay blessed
  • Anonymous
    This course is excellent for anyone just interested in the subject or wanting a future career in nutrition, heart disease and diabetes. The interviews with other researchers in the topics are especially interesting and highly educational. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to expand there knowledge in the topic. I would like to say thank you on behalf of all the people who helped put together such an awesome course. I learned a lot from this experience and am excited to learn even more.
  • 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

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  • Anonymous
    great course.great knowledge.Not for academy, its also very important to gain this knowlege

    in your day to day use.

  • 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 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.
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    Vanessa Pasquini
    It has been an awesome experience to undergo the formation offered by the Nutrition T2DM and Heart Disease from Wageningen during this epidemic period in which the world has been upside down for more then year and a half. Firstly I just fell in love with...
  • Anonymous
    I gave this course a rating of three stars, not because it is inferior, but because I found the information given greatly more than was expected for my particular needs. The title emphasizes nutrition, heart disease and diabetes, but an enormous amount of emphasis was given to genetics. In my opinion, either that information should have been more streamlined or genetics should have been included in the title of the course. Other than this, I think the information given was excellent.
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    Provides a detailed view of the relationship between diet, nutrition and disease. The course will cover the methodology used to determine dietary, nutritional and health status and how evidence is gathered to determine the links between diet, nutrition...
  • Anonymous

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    Some parts of this topic like effect of beverages,salts and dietery approaches,introduction to diabetes,measuring insulin resistance,role of adipose tissues in our cardiometabolic health and various interviews were explained pretty well. I also got to...
  • Anonymous
    I am in charge..therefore there is a lot to be done, and it begins with me and my household.

    then i and my household can take the next step to bringing our lifestyle to the is said charity begins at home and ends we eat in our homes will show a lot in years to come. yes there are consequences..

    this course has open my eyes even more and i am taking the steps to let love ones know there is a right way to eating habits...and dont become a statistic.
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    An important course for those who need to learn a lot about cardiovascular health. It is clear and well documented. Lots of scientific studies to explain the complexity of the different diseases that compose the cardiometabolic cluster. Interviews with...
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    The Pros: This course does not take the typical mainstream approach to nutrition and effects. It is quite updated and quotes a few great researchers. The epigenetic part of the fourth module and gut microbiome are also great since they are up to date....
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    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I found this course both informative and interesting. It did raise as many questions as it answered. Some of the tests looked at testing of people from different regions of the world without taking into account the evolutionary impact of living in that region. (i.e. people who lived in a region survived because their digestive actions best metabolized the available foods in the region) Also, some of the results ran contrary to personal experiences and observations. I grew up in a ten-person family on a small farm with almost all food grown here. Same diet for all with different results. All of the males are allergic to soy causing other dietary concerns. So for me, this is the early part of my study of nutrition and health.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was an amazing course for anyone interested in the role of nutrition in cardiometabolic disease. I have a background in food science and had a basic understanding of the role of diet and lifestyle in disease causation and prevention. This course expanded my knowledge by delving into the role of genetics and epigenetics as well as focusing in on issues like blood pressure regulation, blood lipids, the role of inflammation and inflammatory markers, insulin resistance, diabetes, microbiome etc.
    I highly recommend this program for any healthcare provider, practitioner, nutritionist, dietician or anyone interested in the role of nutrition in heart disease, diabetes or other chronic diseases.

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