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Nutrition, Heart Disease and Diabetes

Wageningen University via edX

Overview

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).

You'll learn about the current progress in nutrition and cardiometabolic disease research. You willlearn how cardiometabolic diseasescan be prevented on the population level through lifestyle and dietary modifications.

This course 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.

Syllabus

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,...
  • 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

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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....
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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...
  • Anonymous

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    There is an increasing global trend in cardiometabolic disorders being a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Adverse dietary habits and sedentary lifestyles contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes mellitus (DM). Dietary nutrients in nuts have attracted attention in recent literature due to their beneficial effects on CVD by attenuating lipid profiles, inflammation and oxidative stress. There is well-established evidence of the pharmacological properties of micronutrients that render them therapeutically effective in chronic inflammatory diseases.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is so detailed, well structured and deep. The instructors are excellent and they have really put together an outstanding course to help clear all basics backed by on the most latest research as well as with key highlights of shortcomings and possible problems.

    I highly recommend this course. I started out as a course auditor but now I'm going to apply for a verified certificate because this is that great - worth every second of the time I invested! Big cheers to the faculty for putting together this awesome course!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is about attracting young researchers to Wageningen University. The title and the syllabus are misleading, so I did not really receive the value that I wanted. Since I paid for it, I completed it, but was and still am very disappointed.

    On the other hand, you will get an overview of the field of heart disease and diabetes research, as well as some general overview of nutritional guidelines for populations who suffer from these conditions.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was good at the beginning it explained about nutrition in heart desease and diabetes, but in the fourth module it had a lot of information about genetics and epigenetics, I know that this is an important part because genes can affect the development of certain types of illnesses; however, I think that this course should've focused more on the other topics and not making us do homework about genetics; otherwise if I wanted to take a course about nutrition and genetics I would have taken it.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The course is comprehensive and very interesting. It introduces some students to new concepts and can also supplement the knowledge base of others. The variety of topics covered under the umbrella of nutrition, heart disease and diabetes have been presented well with the incremental videos - not too long, can keep my attention! I think the course would suit all types of people from health care professionals to political policy makers and budding researchers. Thank you and well done!
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    Salome Heymann

    Salome Heymann completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    It is a very good course for nutrition professionals. It discusses pertinent issues about cardiometabollic diseases that are related to diet. It doesn't bore you so much with theory but gives practical information based on wholesome research. If you love facts like me, then l am certain you will love this course. However, if you subscribe to fadist ideas, then you will be disappointed. This is an evidence based course, and I have loved it.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed this course a lot. My mother is diabetic, and my dad has had a couple of TIA's caused by an irregular heart rhythm. For that reason, this MOOC seemed like the perfect combination of things I wanted to learn about. Please keep making more of these!

    My only tip would be to perhaps create a MOOC more focused on the individual, instead of the population, as this one is.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I would highly recommend this course to the general public as this gives a good insight into the Cardiovascular disease, Side of a sedentary lifestyle, Explanation on what Blood Sugar is and how it affects the cardiovascular health. Explained in detail that is understandable to the English speakers.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course taught me a lot about cardiometabolic diseases and the mechanism of these onset. Being a type 2 diabetic, I have been particularly interested in this disease and how to mitigate its negative effects; Epigenetics taught me, among other things, that I was born premature during the second world war in times of undernutrition and that I had a good chance of falling under the Barker hypothesis.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I found new information based on scientific tested and researchers, some doubt information are clearly on this course, I will save this modules as I think I will need to reread them during my work and experience.
    Thankyou for all these facilities and helpful programs created especially for students who are working and don’t have the possibility to come in your University.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Excellent course. The content of the modules is science based and draws from the most important studies carried out so far. The part on genetics and epigenetics was slightly more difficult for me and needed extra studying and dedication.
    We have learned exactely what I expected: how diet and lifestyle is associated to diabetes and CVD.
    It was defientely worth it.
    Alessia
  • Ayub Ayub

    Ayub Ayub is taking this course right now.

    Excellent, but I think this course is too compliated, and has highly technical stuff, for ordinary folk. Yet it is not deep enough for professionals. The course is designed in a very smart way so ordinary folk can concentrate more on what they need for everyday life, and less on the deep stuff.
    In all, it was very informative and truly enjoyable. Thank you very much.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Diet being the main source of energy in our body we should always be alert about our right intake and balanced food intake to prevent all metabolic as well as other type of diseases. Right pattern and balanced intake in our society will make our society healthy and obese free.rules should be applied on food which are unhealthy as well as dangerous.

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