A Comprehensive Clinical Lifestyle Medicine Tool Kit for Defining, Detecting, Defying and Defeating Diabetes.
To be called an expert or specialist in lifestyle medicine requires an in-depth clinical understanding of how to effectively prevent, evaluate, and reverse type 2 diabetes.
A clinical competency, in guiding a patient through the lifestyle medicine process of reversing diabetes, is considered a standard of care within the field of lifestyle medicine. It is also a fundamental skill that serves as the foundation of a clinician’s overall effectiveness in addressing other chronic diseases.
This workshop aims to outline the clinical tools used by a lifestyle medicine specialist in the prevention, comprehensive assessment, and reversal of diabetes. In doing so, it addresses the multiple underlying causes of type 2 diabetes.
Tools that provide a programmatic structure for individualized and group sessions will be discussed and demonstrated as part of the workshop setting.
The structure and content of lifestyle medicine based programs for reversing diabetes will be taught. Workshop attendees will experience and participate in a simulated patient centered program presented within a group format.
By the end of this 3-hour workshop each participant will have the understanding, strategies, materials and structure to initiate a diabetes reversal program within their own clinic, hospital, worksite, or community center.
Fee includes a Diabetes Undone kit – 100 page patient workbook, 300 page plant-based “how to”/recipe book, Goodbye Diabetes book, and on-line access to 40 instructional videos regarding prevention and reversal of diabetes through comprehensive lifestyle medicine strategies (all provided at whole-sale prices).
After attending the diabetes reversal workshop participants will be able to:
- Discuss the reasons why at least 1/3 of diabetics in the US are undiagnosed.
- Outline the diagnostic test for diabetes and prediabetes, and which is most sensitive in detecting diabetes or prediabetes in its earliest form.
- Describe why the HA1c or the fasting glucose tests are NOT the most sensitive for early detection and proper management of diabetes.
- Review how comprehensive lab testing can improve therapeutic and reversal potential.
- Order labs that effectively assess a patient current pancreatic beta cell function and provide a baseline predictive index for a patient’s ability to reverse diabetes over the following 3 months if an aggressive lifestyle medicine protocol is followed.
- Discuss studies and case studies where patients reversed diabetes and prediabetes.
- Understand possible complications of controlling blood sugars with medications while not addressing the underlying metabolic dysfunctions.
- Document research showing that tight control of diabetes with medications actually increases both microvascular and macrovascular complication risk while increasing overall mortality.
- Learn effective yet simple lifestyle medicine tips that can be used when educating a diabetic patient during short office visits.
- Explain the underlying causes of diabetes, heart disease and many cancers while reviewing the role of insulin resistant and hyperinsulinemia.
- Discuss how insulin resistance is a primary contributor to CVD, HTN, headaches, infertility, male and female reproductive hormone dysfunction, and type 3 diabetes – also referred to as insulin resistance of the brain and Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Review the actual impact of diabetes related genes vs epigenetic factors that impact the expression of the diabetes genes.
- Consider the differential impact of a 100% plant based diet vs. a Paleo diet on diabetes reversal potential but more importantly on the prevention of complications such as progression of CKD.
- Describe the value of genomics testing in determining a patient’s risk of future disease and determining a personalized clinical protocol with specific interventional strategies for reversal of chronic disease.
- Address the underlying metabolic dysfunction that begins even before prediabetes is detectable, and outline the screening tests available to determine the earliest metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors.
- Lead out and/or coordinate a comprehensive diabetes reversal program.