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About the 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....

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This course gave interesting facts about diabetes. I am expecting a sequel to this course. The coordinators may start a new course about its pathophysiology or management.


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good course , this takes into considerations of diabetes epidemic all over the world . There has to be different mechanism to be adopted in developing countries as compared to developed countries .

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By Soumabha S

Jun 1, 2018

The course could have been precisely more detailed about some medical aspects of Diabetes, the physiology/anatomy part, mechanisms inside the body, pharmaceutical management of diabetes and detailed briefing of diet and exercise in diabetes control and management

By Mark

Jun 19, 2017

Disappointingly simple and straightforward course, ideal for people who have never heard of diabetes before.

By Sean M G

Oct 25, 2020

Some of the discussion felt repetitive but otherwise learned new information at the 3rd week.

By Surisetty H k

Jun 16, 2020

Interesting course and very informative

By Stephen G

Sep 14, 2022

This is a personal study for me. I went maybe 3/4 of the way through this course and was consistently bummed out by the lack of insight be given into this disease. It's just a bunch of useless statistics that the interviewer and these doctors being interviewed continue to go back to and discuss. The "essential facts", as I see it, is simply data on people getting type 2 diabetes all over the globe, and carefully plotting a neatly scripted discussion of numbers and data comparisons that they use in no way to implement a hard effective strategy to engineer a way to eliminate this problem. A strategy, a solution, I myself can easily see. And, of course, they know what the answer to the problem is, but that would decimate a certain medically dependent status quo of the whole arrangement. And type 1 diabetes receives no consideration. Here's my suggestion to the makers of this course. Explain both of the diseases thoroughly. The history of it. What is known about it, every bit of knowledge. Nevermind saying, in the case of type 1 diabetes, that you don't know. That is just such an insult to the whole collection of professionals who claim to be doing this research. Provide statistics only for the sake of pointing out the legitimate culprit. I should not have to say who these players are. After giving those statistics, provide logical methods for improving the health of a person. By way of the community, by way of training and educating the people who have the disease by people who understand the condition and what causes it and the way that it must be treated to develop a healthy level of physical competence. Questions that must be asked. How does the body work? Why is it important for the body to perform this function? How does the body use certain things to get better? Inherently, the body possesess strong life promoting characteristics. Pathways that have innate abilities for recovery. It's all there, in everyone's body. There are many differences, but the state of the human body is consistent to a life giving way of existing. No matter what condition or deformity a person has, the ultimate state of the body moves in the direction of life. So, this study of diabetes needs to be given a hard objective investigation. What went wrong and how can it be made right? Simple.

By Sonali S D

May 27, 2020

Can you provide me a certificate for the course that i have completed or any details that will make sure i have completed this course.I could not download anything from accomplishments section.

By Sagia A G A

Jun 15, 2020

I am suprised that I enrolled in course with free certificate but when I am finished ,they want me to pay to certificate

By Prakash P

Nov 12, 2021

This is a wonderful course for the beginners and explains the current status of diabetes in the developed and developing countries Lectures delivered by eminent persons and expert diabetologists obesity is the main cause for diabetes and to control it exercise along with lifestyle changes are necessary. For me new finding is even in under developed countries persons who are not obese also suffer from diabetes. Skill i learnt from this course is how diabetes can be managed with exercise and changes in lifestyle and diet. Carbohydrate consumption must be reduced.. Thank you Professors from University of Copenhagen and Experts and researchers. Thank you very much for this excellent course on Diabetes.

By asra k

Jan 19, 2023

this is very informative course I have learned a lot thank you very much for this opportunity I will also recommend this course to my fellows. This course helped me in gaining knowledge about the circumstances people are facing regarding diabetes and also about how they can overcome the disease and what should be the preventive measures to control the disease this course also tells about struggles of low and high income countries regarding diabetes so I will recommend this to everyone and they can learn it easily with a bit effort all the professors are also very nice and their way of teaching is great they told everything in very detailed manner without any minute detail left.

By W.M.B.S B

Jun 27, 2022

Thank you very much for your hard work which has been a great learning opportunity for me as a junior doctor from a developing nation. It's really interesting to listen to the reserachers speaking about diabetes with their own experiences. The course content and resourse persons are amazing. I don't know whether this is out of the scope of the course, I think it would be better if the course talked a bit about the current medicines and their use. Sri Lanka is not using much of Empaglifazin as a country. Even though it has been said it's a superior drug, it costs so much in here.

Again, thank you so much for the opprtunity.

By D P

Oct 5, 2020

It was really informative. I appreciate the course and the peer reviews were really interesting to read as there were so many students from around the world. It was very enlightening to hear what challenges other countries are facing. Furthermore, to have a more in depth understanding of diabetes has allowed me to have the confidence to assist family and friends with the passing on of knowledge to better assist them. (Especially those who avoid the doctor!).

Thank you for a wonderful course.

By Hegna c

Aug 28, 2023

This course has been an invaluable experience for me. It taught me so much about the global prevalence of diabetes and how it affects people all over the world. I now have a better understanding of how to identify risk factors, prevent complications, and provide treatment options that are available in different countries. I'm grateful for this opportunity to learn more about such an important health issue on a global scale, as well as what can be done to help those affected by it.

By Nikos K

Mar 12, 2021

Really nice course, a basic introduction of the subject, with many experts speaking and sharing their knowledge on the subject. Quizzes and peer-graded assignment could be a little harder. Also there is more reading material of the published research mentioned during the videos in "resources" that helps get more in-depth knowledge, but it could be in the week-by-week reading material.

By Liu Y

May 27, 2022

This course is a professional and well-informed course, which presents much information about the origin of Diabetes and also the spread in different areas in the world, at the meantime, it offers different views about treatment to diabetes from experts from top universities and institutes. I strongly recommend to whom wants to get informed about diabetes.

By Paul S

Apr 11, 2022

As an older learner, it was important to me that the course teach me certain broad general study concepts. In other words, the setup taught me to study again. In particular, the course taught me about diabetes but also opened my mind to the concept that we all are researching diabetes. We teach our results to others smply by changing our lifestyles.

By Lokesh T

Sep 14, 2023

The topic has covered most aspects related to diabetes, I'm very thankful for providing such deep-driven information related to this disease. As a pharmacy professional, I was quite aware of the disease, its causes and medicinal treatment but here I learned various other crucial factors which play a major role in the management of diabetes.

By Deleted A

May 9, 2022

I really get precious knowledge from this course, i hope every one can join this learning material to be aware and get benefits for himself and his family, especially, for our children and the challenges faces them through wide technology usage.

I thanks every person who share this knowledge with love to help people.

Thanks a lot.

By Angellene A

Apr 27, 2022

I have learned a lot of new information on diabetes from this course and it's great that we got to hear from the perspectives of other individuals from various regions. The interviews in particular were great techniques in the teaching process, and the activities were appropriate for the topics. Thank you for this course!

By Dimitra S

Dec 16, 2020

Great class and very informative! My dad has T2 Diabetes and I help him with his medication and nutrition and I found this course very helpful. I educate myself for my father and my future self! There are many experts on this course and I really enjoyed the presentation and structure of it! Thank you!

By Majid S A

Sep 22, 2021

Very nicely presented and really outlines the significant need of controlling different types of diabetes within the many regions of the world. This course is a must for anyone wanting to make a change within healthcare or any other domain regarding human health and quality of life.

By Rocio d M T

Jul 6, 2018

I've completed only the first week and I have learnt so much about this common disease that everyone talks about and knows not so much. Thanks to the University of Copenhagen for making this available to all of us and me, so that I can know much more and help myself and my family.

By Pankaj K

Oct 7, 2020

This was a very well structured MOOC. I learned a lot of things that I can take care to avoid the risk of Diabetes. I also became familiar with the graveness of the situation on the basis of regional differences. A lot of research needs to be done and a lot is left to be learned.

By 23_ S P

Jan 25, 2022

It was very interesting and educating course. I know it was a basic and simple topic though I got to know so much more information and different intelligent perspectives of scientists through the research they are doing which is so beneficial to mankind.

By Faisal M

Aug 22, 2023

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was incredibly informative, comprehensively covered, and excellently communicated. I strongly believe that everyone who values their health and the health of their family should consider taking it.

By Roberto G

May 7, 2022

Excelente curso que me ha ayudado a entender mejor mi propia condición y poder sobrellevar con mayor conocimiento como manejar mi enfermedad. ¡Gracias a los profesores y científicos, e invitados, de la Universidad de Copenhaguen!