Reversing Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
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18 CME/CNE/CPE/CE Credits
Access to the current edition of the Reversing Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance with Lifestyle Medicine expires September 1, 2022. If you would like to claim any credit for the current edition of the course—CME, MOC, or CE— you must do so by September 1, 2022, at 11:59pm Eastern Time (USA). You will not have access to the current edition of the course after that date under any circumstance due to CME/CE rules and regulations. There will be no exceptions to this rule so we strongly encourage you to complete the course prior to this date.
A newly revised and updated course edition will debut very soon, the exact date to be determined. Those who have registered for the course on or after September 1, 2021 (within the one-year course access window) will be given complimentary access to the new updated course upon its launch.
The Reversing Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance with Lifestyle Medicine course, offered by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), and led by founding president, John Kelly, MD, MPH, ABLM certified LM Specialist, reviews the epidemiology, risk factors and current medical approach to preventing and treating all forms of diabetes. Expert faculty in the fields of diabetes and lifestyle medicine address the scientific literature that supports the treatment, reversal and prevention of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Most importantly, the application of lifestyle medicine methods, guidelines, tools, and monitoring standards will be explained in order to enable health care practitioners to successfully apply lifestyle medicine techniques in their practices for the purpose of treating, reversing and preventing type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance.
- Discuss the role of nutrition and particularly whole food plant-based nutrition in the prevention, treatment and reversal of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance.
- Discuss the role of physical activity, sleep and other essential characteristics in the prevention, treatment and reversal of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance.
- Review the key metabolic disturbances and pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, type 1 diabetes and type 1.5 diabetes.
- Review the current literature and considerations around medication de-prescribing for type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance reversal.
- Review the definitions and success rates of the reversal of type 2 diabetes insulin resistance.
There are 20 lectures within 17 modules included in this course:
- Module 1: Defining Diabetes Reversal: The Evolving Paradigm of Diabetes Reversal | Wes Youngberg, DrPH, MPH, CNS, FACLM
- Module 2: Key Metabolic Disturbances in the Pathophysiology of Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance | George Guthrie, MD, MPH, CDE, FAAFP, FACLM, DipABLM
- Module 3: Insulin Resistance in Type 1 Diabetes and Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA) | Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, Nutritional Biochemistry
- Module 4: Treatment and Reversal of Insulin Resistance in Type 1 Diabetes and Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA) | Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, Nutritional Biochemistry
- Module 5: Insulin Resistance and Cognitive Impairment | Dean Sherzai, MD, MAS, MPH, PhD(c) and Ayesha Sherzai, MD, MAS
- Module 6: Effective Modalities for Reversal of Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance | Scott Stoll, MD, FABPMR
- Module 7: Essential Characteristics of Lifestyle Medicine Treatment for Reversal of Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance | Scott Stoll, MD, FABPMR
- Module 8 (Part 1-3): Essential Characteristics of Dietary Plans for Reversal of Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance | Brenda Davis, RD
- Module 9: The Role of Plant-Based Diets in Type 2 Diabetes Management | Neal Barnard, MD, FACC
- Module 10: The Impact of Fasting on Reversal of Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance | George Guthrie, MD, MPH, CDE, FAAFP, FACLM, DipABLM
- Module 11: The Role of Physical Activity in Reversal of Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance | Jonathan Bonnet MD, CAQSM, FAAFP, DipABLM
- Module 12: The Role of Sleep in Reversal of Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance | Scott Stoll, MD, FABPMR
- Module 13 (Part 1-2): Medication De-Prescribing for Reversal of Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance | Jeni Shull, MD, MPH, DipABLM and Denise C. Fields, PharmD, BC-ADM, FASHP, DipACLM
- Module 14: Helping Patients Change Their Diets | Neal Barnard, MD, FACC
- Module 15: Expected Success Rates for Reversal of Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance | John Kelly, MD, MPH, LM Specialist
- Module 16: How to Achieve Maximal Long – Term Success for Patients | Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, Nutritional Biochemistry
- Module 17: Key Steps and Processes in Establishing an Effective Lifestyle Medicine Reversal Program for Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance | John Kelly, MD, MPH, LM Specialist
John Kelly, MD, MPH, LM Specialist
Co-author, ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course
Lead Faculty, Reversing Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance with LM
“Dr. John,” as he is affectionately called by patients and staff, is passionate about lifestyle medicine. Dr. Kelly completed his undergraduate education in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, graduating Summa Cum Laude as a McMurran Scholar. He then completed the Dual Degree Program at Loma Linda University, receiving his MD in 2000 and his MPH in Epidemiology in 2002 with honors. He completed residency training in Preventive Medicine in 2003 and received ABPM Board certification in 2004.
Dr. Kelly received the AMA Excellence in Medicine Award in 2004 as a Young Physician for his work in establishing the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the medical specialty society for clinicians who specialize in the use of therapeutic lifestyle interventions in the treatment and management of disease (www.lifestylemedicine.org). He served as founding President for ACLM. Dr. Kelly accepted an appointment as Assistant Research Professor in the Nutrition Department at Loma Linda University with the Lifestyle Research Initiative, where he conducted a multicenter outcomes analysis of lifestyle centers in the U.S. and served as Co-PI for a multimillion-dollar diabetes research project in the Marshall Islands.
Dr. Kelly continues to work with ongoing studies investigating the use of therapeutic lifestyle interventions in the treatment and management of type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and related chronic diseases. He is presently Director of Medical Education & Research at the Black Hills Lifestyle Medicine Center (www.BHLMC.org). He was Medical Director for outpatient lifestyle programs. Dr. Kelly enjoys sharing the scientific evidence for the use of lifestyle to treat, prevent and reverse disease with his patients and with other practitioners, researchers and the public. He gives invited expert presentations on lifestyle medicine, epigenetics and other topics internationally. He also serves as a lifestyle medicine expert consultant.
Wes Youngberg, DrPH, MPH, CNS, FACLM
Assistant Clinical Professor, Loma Linda University Schools of Public Health & Medicine
Founder and Director, Youngberg Lifestyle Medicine Clinic
Wes Youngberg is a practicing lifestyle medicine specialist and clinical nutritionist in Southern California. He was trained at Loma Linda University where he received a Master’s degree in Nutrition and a Doctorate of Public Health in Preventive Care. He has authored the books Goodbye Diabetes and Hello Healthy and is a speaker for the online diabetes reversal program and educational video series titled Diabetes Undone.
Dr. Youngberg is an assistant clinical professor for the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at Loma Linda University, Fellow and founding director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He sees patients in-office or online at the Youngberg Lifestyle Medicine Clinic near San Diego, CA. More recently, Dr. Youngberg has specialized in treating type 3 diabetes and insulin resistance of the brain found in Alzheimer’s patients.
In 2018, the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine published Dr. Youngberg’s paper, Clinical Lifestyle Medicine Strategies for Preventing and Reversing Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s. Also in 2018, he co-authored with Dr. Bredesen, in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Parkinsonism, a paper documenting reversal of cognitive decline in 100 patients. Dr. Youngberg’s most recent book, Memory Makeover: How to Prevent Alzheimer’s And Reverse Cognitive Decline, highlights how testing for and reversing glucose intolerance and insulin resistance is often the most important clinical step in addressing cognitive decline.
George E. Guthrie MD, MPH, CDE, FAAFP, FACLM, DipABLM
Assistant Director, Advent Health Family Medicine Residency
George Guthrie received his MD from Loma Linda University in 1981. After completing his Family Medicine Residency, he joined a multispecialty medical group on the island of Guam in Micronesia. The high incidence of type 2 diabetes in his patients triggered his interest in the effective treatment of the disease through lifestyle changes.
Dr. Guthrie returned to Loma Linda University in 1992 and earned a master’s degree in Public Health with a focus on nutrition. He then joined the faculty at the LLU’s School of Medicine and the LLU School of Public Health’s Nutrition Department, where he taught graduate and medical students how lifestyle impacts the cause and treatment of disease. In 1994, he moved to a rural practice in northern California.
While serving as medical director at Lifestyle Center of America in Sulphur, Oklahoma from 2002 to 2007, Dr. Guthrie enjoyed helping people who really wanted to make lifestyle changes to treat their lifestyle-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity and coronary heart disease.
In 2007, he joined Florida Hospital’s Family Practice residency, where he guides medical residents in family and lifestyle medicine and pilots innovative ways of incorporating lifestyle medicine into office and hospital practice.
Dr. Guthrie has helped to develop or pilot several community-focused lifestyle-change programs, including the Complete Health Improvement Project (CHIP), the Wellspring Diabetes Program and the CREATION Health program. This work has allowed him to share lifestyle medicine presentations with audiences in the U.S. and other countries. His most recent accomplishments have been the writing chapters and editing a section for Rippe’s 3rd edition of Lifestyle Medicine textbook, publishing his experience in peer reviewed literature, and the recent release of a book for the popular press entitled Eat Plants, Feel Whole.
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, Nutritional Biochemistry
Co-founder, Mastering Diabetes
Cyrus Khambatta is co-founder of Mastering Diabetes and is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he first reduced his own insulin usage by more than 40%, and has educated thousands of people with all forms of diabetes how to reverse insulin resistance using food as medicine.
Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012.
He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Conference, Plant Stock, and has been featured on Forks Over Knives, NPR, PBS, KQED, Fast Company, and is the author of the book Mastering Diabetes.
Dean Sherzai, MD, MAS, MPH, PhD(c) | Ayesha Sherzai, MD, MAS
Co-directors, Alzheimer’s Prevention Program
Loma Linda University
Dean Sherzai trained in neurology at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed fellowships in neurodegenerative diseases and dementia at the National Institutes of Health and UC San Diego. He also holds a PhD in healthcare leadership with a focus on empowering communities achieve their optimal brain health, and two masters degrees; one in Public Health on the subject of lifestyle and epidemiology and a second in advanced research methodology. He is currently the co-director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention program at Loma Linda University and president of the international non-profit, Healthy Minds initiative, which hopes to empower communities to take control of their own brain health.
Ayesha Sherzai leads the Lifestyle Program for the Prevention of Neurological Diseases. She completed a dual training in preventative medicine and neurology at Loma Linda University, a masters in clinical research at UCSD, and a fellowship in vascular neurology and epidemiology at Columbia University. She is also a trained plant-based culinary artist. Ayesha is currently the co-director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention program at Loma Linda University, and lead researcher at the Healthy Minds Initiative.
Scott Stoll, MD, FABPMR
Co-founder, The Plantrician Project
Scott Stoll is the co-founder of The Plantrician Project, The International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, The International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, and the Regenerative Health Institute; a unique collaborative project with The Rodale Institute that integrates a regenerative vision for human health, agriculture, and the environment.
Dr. Stoll is a member of the Google FoodLab, serves on the advisory board at Whole Foods for their healthcare clinics and served as a member of the Whole Foods Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Stoll is the Chairman of the Board for The Plantrician Project.
Every year Dr. Stoll hosts the very popular one week health immersion, Dr. Stoll’s Total Health Immersion in Naples Florida and helps attendees restore and optimize their health, suspend and reverse common lifestyle diseases, and develop a sustainable regenerative lifestyle. In addition to authoring several books including Your Next Bite, Alive!, and numerous scientific articles.
Dr. Stoll has appeared on national shows including the Dr. Oz show, hosted a 2018 PBS special Food As Medicine, and numerous documentaries including Eating You Alive, Wait till its Free, and The Game Changers. As well as being a published author and member of the 1994 Olympic Bobsled Team, he is a highly sought-after international speaker. Dr. Stoll and his family live in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Brenda Davis, RD
Brenda Davis is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. As a prolific nutrition and health writer, she has co-authored 11 books with over 800,000 copies in print in 13 languages. Her most recent works include Kick Diabetes: Essential Diet and Lifestyle Guide (2019), The Kick Diabetes Cookbook (2018), Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014) and Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013). Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive and Express Editions have received a star rating by the American Library Association as the “go-to books” on plant-based nutrition, won two Book of the Year Awards in the US, and a Canada Book Award.
Brenda is also co-author of several peer reviewed journal articles. She is the lead clinical nutrition specialist for the diabetes intervention project in the Marshall Islands, and recently completed a lifestyle intervention demonstration program in Lithuania. Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Neal Barnard, MD, FACC
Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine
President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Neal Barnard is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health, that paved the way for viewing type 2 diabetes as a potentially reversible condition for many patients. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 90 scientific publications and 20 books for medical and lay readers, and is the editor in chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians, a textbook made available to all U.S. medical students.
As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. His research contributed to the acceptance of plant-based diets in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In 2016, he founded the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, DC, as a model for making nutrition a routine part of all medical care.
Working with the Medical Society of the District of Columbia and the American Medical Association, Dr. Barnard has authored key resolutions, now part of AMA policy, calling for a new focus on prevention and nutrition in federal policies and in medical practice. In 2018, he received the Medical Society of the District of Columbia’s Distinguished Service Award. He has hosted four PBS television programs on nutrition and health.
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Barnard received his M.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.
Jeni Shull, MD, MPH, DipABLM
Jeni Shull is a board certified Family and Preventive Medicine physician. Dr. Shull graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine as a Primary Care Scholarship recipient. She pursued her interest in whole person care and nutrition at Loma Linda University’s Family and Preventive Medicine residency, where she served as chief resident for both programs.
During residency, Dr. Shull completed her masters in Population Medicine, organized a farm share for the residency clinic, and received the Resident Teacher of the Year Award and the Will Alexander Whole Person Care Award. She then attended the first Lifestyle Medicine Fellowship at the Black Hills Health and Education Center under Dr. John Kelly, founder of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). She worked with Dr. Kelly and ACLM to co-author and revise the Foundations of Lifestyle Medicine Board Review Course. Currently, she is the medical director of Well Life by Schneck in Seymour, Indiana, a Lifestyle Medicine focused employer-based clinic; and she is the co-chair of the ACLM Education Committee. Dr. Shull enjoys speaking about, writing on, and living out lifestyle medicine principles that can prevent or reverse disease.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Shull enjoys hiking, singing on her church worship team, traveling, trying new recipes, and spending time with her family.
Denise C. Fields, PharmD, BC-ADM, FASHP, DipACLM
Denise Fields became a Diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine in 2018. She currently works as a Lifestyle Pharmacist at the Cummins LiveWell Center in Columbus, IN. Dr. Fields received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Butler University and her PharmD from Purdue University. She holds conventional medicine certifications in Immunization Delivery, Diabetes Care, Anticoagulation, Medication Therapy Management and Pharmacogenomics. She is also board certified in Advanced Diabetes Management.
Dr. Fields began her Lifestyle Medicine Journey as a CHIP facilitator, and now participates in the training of new CHIP facilitators at the Cummins LiveWell Center. She has also completed Dr. McDougall’s Starch Solution Certification Course for Professionals.
Dr. Fields has experience in various pharmacy practice sites including community (independent and chain), hospital (critical access to teaching sized hospitals) and managed care. She has fulfilled such roles as clinical pharmacist, informatics pharmacist, medication safety pharmacist and Director of Pharmacy.
Dr. Fields currently serves as co-chair for the Pharmacist Member Interest Group within the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and as the President of the Indiana Pharmacists Association. Prior to these roles, she served as President of the Indiana Society of Health System Pharmacists in 2015 and President of the Indiana Academy of Non-Traditional Pharmacists in 2017. Dr. Fields has served on the Board of Directors for both the Indiana Pharmacists Association and the Indiana Rural Health Association. She has served on Section Advisory Groups for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for the past 7 years. She served as Chair of the Indiana Pharmacy Practice Advancement Initiative Task Force from 2014-2015.
Dr. Fields is also a Certified Zumba Instructor. She teaches classes in her rural hometown of Versailles, IN and also for the employees of Cummins in Columbus, IN. She discovered a new love of hiking after a trip to Havasu Falls in 2018 to celebrate her 50th birthday.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the credentials of the curriculum authors?
The authors are clinical subject matter experts in their fields, including faculty who are board-certified in Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine and more. They have achieved professional clinical degrees and have substantially contributed to the research and advancement of the lifestyle medicine profession.
What does it mean that the curriculum is evidence based?
The curriculum is a collection of the national guidelines for each content area. For example, the course reviews the work of those who have received the highest scientific achievement by the American Diabetes Association – the Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement. Course scientific evidence comes from journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Care, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Annals of Internal Medicine, and more. Additionally, the recommendations of national professional societies are incorporated, as well as the core peer-reviewed journal articles that contribute to the evidence base in this field.
Who will benefit from this 18-hour course?
This program is designed to provide in-depth education on the use of lifestyle medicine for type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance reversal and is applicable to physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, registered dietitians, certified diabetes educators, and others involved in providing coordinated care for patients with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. It is intended for those who are familiar with the field of lifestyle medicine and would like to learn specific lifestyle medicine interventions for those with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. The modules cover both basic and more advanced concepts, providing a thorough foundation of the underlying elements of both academic and clinical lifestyle medicine.
What is the format of the content?
The course is composed of 20 lectures within 17 modules and is 18 hours in length. The course is completed online via the ACLM Learning Management System. Users are able to click through the voice-over module slides at their own pace and complete a corresponding quiz. Interactive scenarios, images and case studies have been added to enhance the experience.
Is this content accredited for CME?
Yes, this 18-hour course is accredited to provide 18 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Additionally, this course also provides Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM) and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) certification.
Will I receive a certificate of completion?
Yes, all participants who complete the full 18-hour course and pass the post-module evaluation will be eligible to receive an online CME/CE certificate of completion.
I’m a registered nurse, registered dietitian, physician assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, respiratory therapist, social worker, speech therapist or audiologist; may I receive credit for this content?
How recent is the content?
The program was just developed and launched September 2020. The content reflects the recent work in this field. It also describes the foundational studies that showed the evidence base for the treatment and reversal of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Faculty will be updating the content on a regular basis, and enrollees have 1-year access to the program.
Will additional CME content, or updates to this content, be available soon?
Yes, updates to the training program will be made on an ongoing basis.
How long do I have access to the content?
Course purchasers will have access to the online course for one year.
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