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Nutrition and Age-Related Chronic Diseases

Explore the link between nutrition and age-related diseases as you gain the skills to use nutrition to prevent chronic conditions.

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Nutrition and Age-Related Chronic Diseases

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  • 4 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Learn nutritional management of age-related health conditions

In an ageing population, the prevalence of age-related chronic diseases is increasing year by year. This four-week course will show you how to prevent and manage these chronic diseases using nutritional management.

You’ll learn the nutritional needs of different age groups before unpacking the variety of chronic diseases you are trying to prevent.

With this knowledge, you’ll understand how to provide better care for elderly adults with chronic conditions.

Gain an understanding of sarcopenia, neurodegenerative disease, and metabolic syndrome

First, you’ll explore sarcopenia – a common condition in older adults characterised by the loss of muscle mass and strength. You’ll discover the role of nutrition and dietary guidelines in preventing and managing this disease.

Next, you’ll examine the relationship between neurodegeneration, metabolic syndrome, and dietary patterns. You’ll discuss the impact of nutrition on the development and progression of these conditions and the dietary strategies that can be used to prevent them.

Explore the impact of nutrition on immunosenescence

You’ll then focus on metabolic syndrome and osteoporosis to learn what is adequate nutrient intake for bone health and metabolic function.

Finally, you’ll explore the impact of nutrition on immunosenescence – the decline in immune function that occurs with age. You’ll learn the strategies to promote immune health as well as the role of specific nutrients and supplements in supporting immune function.

Develop your understanding of nutritional science with Taipei Medical University

You’ll be guided by the experts from Taipei Medical University to ensure you finish the course ready to implement dietary strategies and interventions to promote optimal health and well-being in older adults.

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  • Week 1

    Nutritional Management of Sarcopenia

    • Definition, diagnosis and stages of sarcopenia

      We will first explore the definition, and diagnosis of sarcopenia.

    • Dietary recommendations of sarcopenia

      Prof Yang will deliver recommendations for sarcopenia and explain the effect of each nutrient.

    • Sarcopenia prevention

      Prof Yang will introduce prevention methods for sarcopenia including protein intake, exercise, and other nutritional measures.

  • Week 2

    Neurodegeneration, Metabolic Syndrome and Dietary Patterns

    • Dietary risk factors for neurological problems

      Prof Lin will introduce dietary risk factors for neurological problems such as Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. He will also briefly explain Metabolic Syndromes.

    • Hypercholesterolemia, hypertension and brain health

      Prof Lin will introduce hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and insulin resistance and brain health. Also, dietary approaches towards neurological problems will be presented.

  • Week 3

    Nutritional Management for Elderly

    • Nutritional management for metabolic syndrome

      In this section, you will learn about the dietary approach to managing metabolic syndrome. We will see the causes of metabolic syndrome and nutritional management for prevention.

    • Prevention of osteoporosis

      In this section, you will learn the causes of osteoporosis and nutritional management for prevention.

  • Week 4

    Immunosenescence and Nutrition

    • Immunosenescence and inflammaging in ageing

      Prof Yeh will explain immunosenescence and the mechanic of this progress.

    • Nutrition and immunity

      Prof Yeh will give some suggestions on nutrition for healthy ageing.

    • Assessment Time

      This is the end of the course. Now is the time to evaluate how much you have learnt.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Evaluate the dietary patterns and habits that may increase the health risk of metabolic syndrom, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension.
  • Explore the role of nutrition in the prevention and management of sarcopenia, including the essential nutrients for muscle health.
  • Identify Mediterranean dietary pattern.
  • Evaluate the role of nutrition in the prevention and management of osteoporosis.
  • Exaplain the role of nutrition in modulating immunosenescence, including the effects of various nutrients on the immune system and the mechanisms of action.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in the relationship between nutrition and chronic diseases.

It will benefit students who are interested in nutritional science and geriatrics.

Who will you learn with?

Professor and Director, School of Nutrition and Health Sciences, College of Nutrition, Taipei Medical University

Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Science,
Taipei Medical University

Professor, Department of Nutrition & Health Sciences, College of Nutrition, Taipei Medical University.

School of Nutrition, Taipei Medical University

Who developed the course?

Taipei Medical University

Taipei Medical University (TMU) has been a leader in Taiwan’s healthcare system for over half a century due to its research, teaching excellence, internationalization and outstanding medical service.

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