Nutrition and Physiopathology


a)      Understand the physiology of diseases addressed in this course;

b)     Recognize the importance of food habits in the pathophysiology of non-transmissible chronic metabolic diseases;

c)      Recognize the importance of nutritional therapeutic/dietetic in the treatment and/or prevention of chronic diseases;

d)     Assess nutritional status in health and disease through the application and interpretation of anthropometric parameters, biochemical data and food intake questionnaires;

e)     Apply nutritional recommendations through protocols of dietetic intervention adapted to different diseases;

f)       Establish nutritional orientations adapted to several chronic diseases.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Profª Doutora Diana Teixeira


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·        Duarte, A. C.G. Avaliação Nutricional – Aspectos Clínicos e Laboratoriais. São Paulo: Editora Atheneu, 2007. Garrow, J.S., James, W.P.T.; Ralph, A. Human Nutrition and Dietétics. 10th. ed.: Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

·        Gropper S.S., Smith J.L., Groff J.L. Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism. 5 th. ed. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2009.

·        Mahan, Kathleen L.; Escott-Stump, Sylvia. Krause – Alimentos, Nutrição e Dietoterapia. 12ª Ed. U.S.A.: Roca, 2008.

·        Nelms, M., Sucher, K., Long, S. Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology. U.S.A: Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2007.

·        Rolfes, Sharon Rady; Pinna, Kathryn; Whitney, Ellie. Understanding Normal and Clinical Nutrition. Wadsworth. International Cengage Learning; 2009.

Teaching method

The teaching methodologies are consistent with the learning objectives. Lectures deliver a complete and detailed exposition of the syllabus. The theoretical-practical classes provide answers to questions and discussions in smaller groups of students of the most important aspects. Additionally, the work done in theoretical-practical classes allow the application of theoretical concepts. The work in groups allow a detailed discussion of the topics presented in small groups and help the teachers to evaluate how the students are learning the topics of the course. The continuous assessment in the theoretical-practical classes, contextualized within the content of the lectures, encourages students to study continuously during the year. The final exam aims to assess all of the knowledge acquired in theoretical and theoretical-practical classes.

Evaluation method

Theoretical classes (lectures of an expositive nature, directed to large groups); theoretical-pratical classes (they integrate an expository component and an interactive component, directed to small groups).

The evaluation will be made taking into account the following parameters: clinical cases discussion (50%); examination (50%). Students with a grade equal to or great than 10 (0-20) values in each of evaluation elements, are approved.

Subject matter

  1. Eating Disorders
  2. Obesity
  3. Diabetes Mellitus
  4. Heart Disease
  5. Lipid Disorders
  6. High Blood Pressure
  7. Hiperuricemia and Gout
  8. Gastrointestinal Disease (Oesophagus; Stomach; Bowel and colon; Liver; Gallbladder; Exocrine pancreas)
  9. Renal diseases


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