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Nutrition, Metabolic Syndrome, and Cardiovascular Disease


This course will focus on current theories in cardiovascular nutrition and metabolic syndrome, and their relationship to lifestyle and dietary modification. Topics covered will include anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, theories of cardiovascular health and disease, and the role of food and diet in prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome, hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Controversies in the field, such as salt restriction and lowering of serum cholesterol, will also be explored. Management of micronutrients, such as ribose, CoQ10, B-complex vitamins, magnesium, calcium and carnitine, will also be covered.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the functions of the cardiovascular system in the context of health and disease;

  • Explain the underlying nutritional principles related to cardiovascular health;

  • Assess some of the current controversies in cardiovascular nutrition such as the cholesterol and salt sodium concerns;

  • Describe what metabolic syndrome is, and explore the role of lifestyle modification, diet, and supplementation in prevention and modifying its course of progression;

  • Evaluate how current diets and protocols may be employed to promote heart health and protection from illness;

  • Interpret how specific nutrients and herbs may be used to enhance cardiovascular health and help to normalize hypertension.

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Required Course Pack:

  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR)

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Admissions Requirements:

Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

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