• University of Leicester

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.

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Reversing Diabetes: Fact or Fiction?

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.

Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds The reversing diabetes MOOC sets out to provide the latest information as well as patient experiences of weight management programmes, which are specifically designed to achieve either diabetes remission or reversal. You’ll learn about the links between body weight and type 2 diabetes and why people who increase their body weight are at risk of type 2 diabetes. But also can you prevent it by losing body weight? And fundamentally, for a chronic condition, are you able to put type 2 diabetes into remission? The MOOC consists of a series of completion exercises, which are delivered over three weeks. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in activities such as reading articles.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds There are quizzes to check your learning and an opportunity to discuss with other students topics. There’s also a personal perspective from the person with diabetes and also health care professionals. What we would really like you to get from this course is to draw your own conclusions. Do you think that diabetes reversal is a real thing? Can remission be achieved by most people? But importantly, they will also have an appreciation of patient experiences and also attitudes towards these programmes. Type 2 diabetes reversal, is it fact or fiction?

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?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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?

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.

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?

University of Leicester

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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