Online course in Health & Psychology

Reversing Diabetes: Fact or Fiction?

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

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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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 topics will you cover?

  • 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.

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Describe the impact of weight loss in people with Type 2 Diabetes
  • Explain current concepts around Type 2 Diabetes reversal and the meaning of terms such as prevention, remission and cure
  • Explore the role(s) of healthcare practitioners and others in supporting self-management of Type 2 Diabetes

Who is the course for?

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.

Who will you learn with?

Emma Baldry

Emma Baldry

I am a Senior Clinical Research Dietitian, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester.
Research interests and clinical experience include body weight and chronic disease management.

David Webb

David Webb

I am a Diabetes clinician in Leicester and work for both the NHS as a hospital-based consultant and the University of Leicester as a senior lecturer. I research new treatments for type 2 diabetes.

Who developed the course?

The University of Leicester is a leading research led university with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching. It is consistently ranked amongst the top 20 universities in the United Kingdom.

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