Diabetes – the Essential Facts

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About this course: Across the world more than 420 million people are living with diabetes. Two thirds of these have not yet been diagnosed. When discovered late or managed incorrectly, diabetes can damage your heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves, leading to disability and premature death. In fact, more people are dying of diabetes related diseases than of diseases as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. This course will provide you with an introduction to the most recent research in the field of prevention and treatment of diabetes as well as a broader understanding of the situation in different communities, rich and poor, across the world, where diabetes threatens p…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: Across the world more than 420 million people are living with diabetes. Two thirds of these have not yet been diagnosed. When discovered late or managed incorrectly, diabetes can damage your heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves, leading to disability and premature death. In fact, more people are dying of diabetes related diseases than of diseases as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. This course will provide you with an introduction to the most recent research in the field of prevention and treatment of diabetes as well as a broader understanding of the situation in different communities, rich and poor, across the world, where diabetes threatens public health. What kind of disease is diabetes, who has it, and who is at risk of getting it? And what are the roles of medicine, exercise and nutrition when trying to prevent, delay or treat diabetes? During the course you will meet researchers and experts from Imperial College London, Emory University in Atlanta, Steno Diabetes Center in Copenhagen as well as the School of Global Health and the Center for Basic Metabolic Research at the University of Copenhagen. They work with very different aspects of diabetes, from microbiology to global public health, but what ties them together is the belief that it is a global responsibility to combat diabetes, and this fight can only be won through new knowledge and global collaboration. We hope you will join us in the course and equip yourself to take part in the ongoing discussions of this truly global and individual health challenge. This course is also part of the EIT Health programme.

Who is this class for: The course is an introductory course for anyone interested in knowing more about diabetes.

Created by:  University of Copenhagen
  • Taught by:  Nicolai Jacob Wewer Albrechtsen, MD, GCSRT, PhD student

    Department of Biomedical Sciences & NNF Center for Basic Metabolic Research
  • Taught by:  Signe Sørensen Torekov, Associate Professor, MSc, PhD

    Department of Biomedical Sciences & NNF Center for Basic Metabolic Research
  • Taught by:  Jens Juul Holst, Professor, MD, DMSc

    Department of Biomedical Sciences & NNF Center for Basic Metabolic Research
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WEEK 1


Fundamentals of Diabetes



In this first module you will be introduced to the fundamentals about diabetes. This includes both the biomedical and public health aspects, such as a description of the different types of diabetes, a profile of the most at risk people and populations as well as an introduction to the epidemiological trends that have changed dramatically over the last decades.


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  1. Video: Welcome to the course
  2. Video: What is diabetes?
  3. Video: Who has diabetes?
  4. Video: Who is at risk?
  5. Discussion Prompt: Public health interventions for prevention of diabetes

Graded: What is diabetes?
Graded: Who has diabetes?
Graded: Who is at risk?
Graded: Global burden of diabetes

WEEK 2


Prevention and Treatment



In this second module you will be introduced to the important roles of nutrition and exercise when preventing and treating diabetes. We will have a more detailed look at the role of obesity and overweight and also focus on the challenges of fighting diabetes in low- and middle-income countries.


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  1. Video: What role does exercise play?
  2. Video: What role does nutrition play?
  3. Video: What role does overweight and obesity play?
  4. Discussion Prompt: Dietary guidelines in your country

Graded: What role does exercise play?
Graded: What role does nutrition play?
Graded: What role does overweight and obesity play?
Graded: Diabetes in low and middle income countries

WEEK 3


Diabetes in the Future



In this final module we will discuss some of the new research and treatment methods for diabetes, such as surgery or microships, and then we will ask the researchers where they see the field going in the future. The last lesson will be followed by a short peer-review assignment, where you have to submit a short text, and afterwards review the submissions of your peers.


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  1. Video: Can we cure diabetes?
  2. Video: Surgery, drugs and microchips
  3. Video: How to fight the global epidemic
  4. Discussion Prompt: Help us improve the course
  5. Discussion Prompt: Other great learning resources (and add your own!)

Graded: Can we cure diabetes?
Graded: Surgery, drugs and microchips
Graded: Persuading your government to act
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