Insulin Resistance & Diabetes

Course Description & Information:

  • Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver do not respond well to insulin and cannot use glucose from your blood for energy. To compensate for the downregulation of the insulin receptor, your pancreas makes more insulin. This creates the initial problem know as hyperinsulinemia which over time can lead to the develop of prediabetes and even type 2 diabetes. After years of high insulin levels followed by an onslaught of cell-damaging high blood sugar, people with insulin resistance, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are at high risk for cardiovascular disease. The clustering of metabolic problems has also been referred to as metabolic syndrome. Insulin resistance syndrome is estimated to affect almost 1 in 2 Americans. An estimated 87 million American adults have prediabetes; 30-50% will go on to develop full-blown type 2 diabetes. In addition, up to 80% of people with type 2 diabetes have non-alcohol fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Insulin resistance is linked with higher risk for some cancers and a strong association between insulin resistance and memory function decline, increasing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Participants will learn the evidence-based research into the role of diet, exercise, behavior modification, drug therapy in controlling and preventing insulin resistance syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Level - Intermediate.
  • Pharmacist information: ACPE UAN: 0826-9999-20-031-L01-P, IRD: 10-06-20. Knowledge based activity.
Course Objectives:

  • Identify the physiological actions of insulin on the body and in the brain.
  • Discuss the clinical impact of insulin resistance and metabolic changes resulting from hyperinsulinemia.
  • Identify pharmacologic, dietary and exercise strategies for treating insulin resistance.
  • List pharmacological interventions currently being used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, emerging therapies for treating type 2 diabetes, and potential therapies for prediabetes.
  • Design a lifestyle intervention plan that can improve insulin sensitivity and utilization.
  • Summarize diagnostic criteria for diagnosing hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.
  • Explain how insulin levels can modulate the risk for certain types of cancer.
  • Review data on dietary strategies to improve, reverse and/or prevent the development of prediabetes and diabetes.
  • Recognize the effect of insulin resistance and insulin-like growth factor dysfunction on cognitive function and its potential role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • State insulin’s role in the development and progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • Explain the epidemiology of diabetes and pre-diabetes along with the guidelines for diagnosis of both.
  • Identify guidelines for the treatment of type 2 diabetes at all levels of control put forth by the American Diabetes Association in adults and children.
  • Contrast different dietary strategies for lowering hemoglobin A1C and reducing cardiovascular disease.
  • Develop an exercise protocol that has been shown to reduce and manage blood glucose and insulin levels while promoting weight loss if needed.


Course Credit: 6 Contact Hours

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Who Should Attend:

Pharmacists, Dietitians, Nursing professionals, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy professionals, and other medical professionals.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Full attendance.
  • Completion of course post-test (70%) and evaluation.

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