Sugar – is it a hazard to health?

Ref: C2419695

The chemical structures of sugars, their breakdown and absorption. Major sources of sugars in food. Dangers of high blood sugar levels. How sugars damage health. Overall effects of high sugar levels on health. Is there a link of sugar with dementia and cancer? Symptoms of sugar imbalance. Breaking the habit and cautions with changing the diet. Nutrients that help to control blood glucose levels.

Course aim

To develop knowledge and practical skills to strengthen health and wellbeing. To enable students to apply the knowledge and skills gained during the course. To develop an understanding of current controversies in health.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Outline the structure, breakdown and absorption of sugars
  • Explain the dangers of high blood sugar levels
  • Describe how sugars damage health
  • Outline how to change dietary habits
  • List nutrients that help to control blood sugar levels

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A handout will be provided that contains notes on all planned topics of the talk

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Sugar – is it a hazard to health? Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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