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Life with Diabetes MOOC available now

As the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia, diabetes is a major public health issue. Approximately 1.7 million Australians currently have diabetes, with a further 280 people developing diabetes every day. 

Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia.
Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia.
Type 1 diabetes, formerly called juvenile-onset diabetes, accounts for 10 per cent of all diabetes’ diagnoses, and Type 2 diabetes, previously known as adult-onset diabetes, accounts for 85 per cent of diagnoses. Gestational diabetes – the development of diabetes during pregnancy – is increasing. The impact cost of diabetes in Australia is estimated at $14.6 billion annually. Globally, diabetes is the world’s fastest growing chronic condition.

Diabetes occurs when the pancreas produces little or no insulin, which is essential for converting glucose into energy. Complications from Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes include heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, limb amputation, depression, anxiety and blindness. Historically, treatment for diabetes has entailed the regular monitoring of blood glucose levels, taking insulin via daily injections, and changes to diet and physical activity.

People with diabetes will have the opportunity to learn how to manage the complex condition through Curtin’s latest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Life with Diabetes.

The MOOC will cover a set of five modules focusing on the different types of diabetes, who is at risk of developing diabetes and how each type of diabetes is treated.

Curtin University School of Public Health lecturer Ms Patricia Marshall said the MOOC was designed to help those with diabetes confidently manage their condition.

“We know that living with diabetes can be tiring and frustrating for both the person affected and the whole family, with statistics showing diabetics are twice as likely to develop depression compared to those without diabetes,” Ms Marshall said.

“The Life with Diabetes MOOC covers a range of topics including recommended food choices and eating habits, the benefits of physical activity and how to manage stress.

“Participating in these types of online learning courses is a great alternative for anyone around the world to learn important information about diabetes.”

The MOOC also contains critical information about how to manage medications, which devices can be used to deliver insulin, how to manage your mental and physical health, and also gives advice on preparing for pregnancy. Health professionals may also find it an interesting source of information and resources.

Throughout each module, participants will meet people with diabetes who will share their own experiences, and how they have managed the condition.

Curtin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Jill Downie said online learning offered an innovative way to help people learn about important health issues that can affect your everyday life.

“Given the prevalence of diabetes continues to increase all over the world, it is very important that we provide these valuable MOOCs to not only help students and medical professionals, but also members of the general public living with this condition,” Professor Downie said.

Participants can enrol now for Life with Diabetes and the course commences on Monday 4 September 2017.

Part of this story was first published on the Curtin News site here