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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


4.7 rating, based on 426 Class Central reviews

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  • 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.
  • 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

    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,...
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    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...
  • Anonymous
    Being in the field of Healthy Food Catering industry, I wanted to have more knowledge and inputs about the most recent research in the Cardiometabolic diseases, diabetes. I found these courses very well done! Very well explained with a responsive team...
  • Anonymous
    I naturally have a stronger passion for nutrition, fruits vergitables and plants base treatment and therefore, the love for this course. I have already recommended this course to some of my close friends and encourage them to follow suite if they wish...
  • Anonymous
    A very informative class. However, as a non-health care professional, I didn't expect the level of detail in some of the discussions (such as the genetics, pathology, epidemiology studies). The questions for those sections required very detailed responses that might be unexpected by the interested but casual student.
    One question about the Seven Country study - are there plans to expand the study group or start a different study to include more women and more ethnic groups? I often wonder if one of the reasons the Mediterranean diet is considered optimal may be because it was so Euro-centric. No African countries were included and only Japan from Asia.
  • Tralee May Sugrue
    I think the course is good. The three lecturers provide variety and they are all enthusiastic about their subject. The course is broken up into small segments that are relatively easy to fit into a busy life. There is a good balance of videos, written material, exercises, and online discussions. The thing I found stressful, having never done an online course like this before was understanding how to approach an exam. It would have been helpful to me to have it spelt out what time we are expected to spend on it, and clarifying that it is 'open book' etc. I still feel uncomfortable because I have not seen any explicit instruction about this. Tralee
  • 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. 
  • Anonymous
    Wow! I completed the Nutrition, Heart Disease and Diabetes course! It was an exciting journey through history, into my own body and food. As I progressed through the course, I changed my diet and by the time the course ended, my supermarket basket was filled with healthy foods, and my well-being improved so much that my family does not believe in the connection with my studies.
    But I will continue to follow the recommendations and hope they make my life easier. Thanks to the creators of the course for their work and I recommend this course to everyone.
  • 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
    I enjoyed the course and found it to be interesting and informative. The instructors and their presentations were very good. I learned a basic knowledge of cardiometabolic diseases.
    I should add that as an elderly person I am experiencing the diseases discussed - a reason I chose to study this course. A practical issue for me now is the specifics of an every day diet whether Mediterranean, DASH or other. I will in particular redouble my efforts with exercise!
  • Anonymous
    The content of the course is really interesting. I have trained as a dietitian 30 years ago, but became a biology-teacher. It was great to refresh and extend my knowledge.
    I do have one thing to comment about, the quality of the English of the first two presentors is of such low standard that it really annoyed me. Since they were clearly reading a script, it must be possible to have someone who speaks English perform this task.
  • 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
    Este curso en el modulo 1 comienza con ideas generales para conocer conceptos basicos, pero a medida que avanzas, vas profundizando en los temas. Realmente recomiendo este curso porque tiene informacion muy valiosa y las preguntas no calificables y calificables te hacen reforzar tus conocimientos. Si realmente deseas aprender sobre nutricion y sus efectos en las enfermedades cardiovasculares, te recomiendo hacer este curso.
  • 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
    It is a great course for someone who wants to learn more on the impact of food on a person's heath.

    I like this course as it is informative, and relevant to my practice. The questions also help you understand the topics really well.

    Improvements can be made in terms of the infographics in the video/slide e.g., making it different colors. The video can be slower as well.
  • Anonymous
    I really like the course. The MOOC is interesting, claryifing and easy to follow. I really had the feeling that I learned something from every aspect of the MOOC. The clips were good to follow, the text was relevant and the guest speakers told some interesting things. I liked the diversity in the way information is presented.
    Overall, a very content student over here!

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