Reversing Diabetes: Fact or Fiction?, 3 weeks

Start date:

2020

Course information

Taught by Health Sciences

Please address all enquiries to FutureLearn.

Can diabetes be reversed? Explore research on the success of weight loss treatments in reversing and preventing type 2 diabetes.

Course description

Course description

  • Next start date: July 2020 (exact date TBD)

Join the debate around weight loss and type 2 diabetes remission

There is a growing prevalence of diseases which can be directly linked to our modern lifestyle and diet. Research into preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes is now heavily focused on obesity and weight loss.

On this course, you will explore the physiological effects of weight gain and weight loss. You will consider what is meant by type 2 diabetes prevention, remission, reversal and cure.

You will also examine how those living with type 2 diabetes can help themselves, as well as the role of healthcare professionals in supporting self-management.

What you will study

  • Seeing the wood for the trees: defining what we mean by prevention, remission, reversal and cure.
  • Weight management: a look at the physiological effects of weight loss in people with Type 2 Diabetes.
  • Improving and supporting self-management.

This course is good preparation for our MSc in Diabetes by distance learning. The MSc allows you to deepen your knowledge of Diabetes or become an expert practitioner in the area of Diabetes Care.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for the current range of MOOCs available from the University of Leicester. You simply need an internet connection and a computer or tablet device. Some other courses may specify expected levels of understanding or experience in certain areas but this will be made clear before signing up for the course.

This course is designed for healthcare professionals with a general interest in diabetes who are looking to upskill themselves or eventually take a full diabetes postgraduate qualification.

The course will also be of interest to people looking to manage their own type 2 diabetes or those keen to prevent it from developing.

English Language Requirements

There are no specific English language requirements for our MOOCs. However, to get the most out of this course you should have a reasonable command of written English.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Enjoy this course for free - there are no fees for any of our MOOCs.

International Students

Enjoy this course for free - there are no fees for any of our MOOCs.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

This course is a taster for our MSc in Diabetes by distance learning. The MSc is for you if you wish to deepen your knowledge of Diabetes or become an expert practitioner in the area of Diabetes Care.

Course structure

Week 1

Week 1

In this first week we start by defining what type 2 diabetes is, look at the risk factors, and explain what we mean by prevention, remission, reversal and cure. We will also be looking at personal perspectives, how body weight is managed, and start discussions about stories in the media, and where this information comes from.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Week 2

Week 2

This week we take a look at the physiology of excess body weight, and the links between being overweight and type 2 diabetes. We will introduce the concept of responders and non-responders to remission interventions, and look at remission research from Diabetes UK. We will discuss if it is healthy to be overweight, and continue the personal perspective on having type 2 diabetes.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Week 3

Week 3

In the final week we explore remission in the real world, and how to improve and support self-management. We’ll look at how weight management and remission interventions might lead to responders and non-responders in the real world, and will introduce the topic of self-management. We will discuss some of the strategies used in weight management and remission interventions, and continue the personal perspective, through weight management, to remission. 

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester

Facilitated by experienced and high profile clinical and academic staff from the Leicester Diabetes Centre, students benefit from the wealth of experience and specialist knowledge.

The Leicester Diabetes Centre has been awarded the titles of ‘IDF Centre of Education’ and ‘IDF Centre of Excellence in Diabetes Care’ by the International Diabetes Federation.

The staff within the Leicester Diabetes Centre are internationally recognised, and have key involvement in developing both national and global guidelines for diabetes.

Teaching and learning

The course uses a mix of research articles, videos, animations and activities, with plenty of opportunities for discussion with fellow learners and further research. There will be formative assessment throughout the course.

The course is a great 'taster' for university learning.

Apply now

Course Duration Availability
Course Reversing Diabetes: Fact or Fiction? Duration 3 weeks Availability Apply Now