Virtual Course with Dr. Diana Isaacs| Insulin Therapy, Pumps, & CGM + CV Risk Reduction Strategies | Earn 4.0 CEs | $69

Dr. Diana Isaacs

Join Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES, and ADCES 2020 Diabetes Educator of the year as she reviews these important topics. As Diabetes Specialists, we are tasked with taking a leadership role in technology and cardiovascular risk reduction. Dr. Isaacs will address these topics with clinical insight and expert knowledge during these two virtual courses.

Virtual Course Webinar Dates | Earn 4.0 CEs

Session 1 | CV Risk Management with Pharmacology and Intensive Insulin Therapy on May 13, 2020, from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM (PDT)

Session 2 | Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Insulin Pump Therapy on May 14 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM (PDT)

Determining basal and bolus rates plus the operation of insulin pumps and glucose sensors can seem overwhelming. Dr. Diana Isaacs will provide participants with a step-by-step approach to determine basal rates, bolus ratios, and how to problem-solve when blood glucose levels aren’t on target.  Included is a discussion on DKA recognition and an explanation of the safe use of technology in the hospital setting. She will discuss the features of available technologies, basic functions, and how to integrate these into our practice. She will review the benefits, considerations and critical information to share with clients and providers. 

In addition, Dr. Isaacs will describe the cardiovascular risk factors associated with diabetes. She will highlight how to incorporate the ADA CV Risk Reduction standards into practice with careful consideration of available pharmacologic interventions.

$69 | Earn 4 CEs

These sessions are also included in our Virtual Conference.

Objectives:

  1. Describe critical teaching content before starting insulin pump therapy
  2. Describe appropriate candidates for insulin pump therapy
  3. Discuss strategies to determine and fine-tune insulin pump basal rates.
  4. Discuss how to determine and fine-tune bolus rates including coverage for carbs and hyperglycemia.
  5. State important safety measures to prevent hyperglycemic crises.
  6. List inpatient considerations for insulin pump therapy and CGMs
  7. Discuss features of available professional and personal CGMs and insulin pumps.
  8. Describe CV risk factors associated with diabetes and future event prediction.
  9. List different pharmacologic approaches to mitigate CV events.

Speaker Bio for Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES

We are thrilled to welcome our guest speaker, Diana Isaacs, who will be joining our Virtual and Live Courses! Click here to enroll in the entire program

Dr. Isaacs was named 2020 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year for her educational platform promoting the use of CGM for people with diabetes and other innovations.  Dr. Isaacs was awarded the Ohio Pharmacists Association Under 40 Award in 2019. Dr. Isaacs has served in leadership roles for several pharmacies and diabetes organizations. She has numerous diabetes publications and research projects with a focus on medications, CGM, and diabetes technology.

As the CGM Program Coordinator and clinical pharmacist specialist in the Cleveland Clinic Diabetes Center, Dr. Isaacs brings a wealth of clinical knowledge combined with extensive research experience to this program.


COVID-19 & Diabetes: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know
Free Webinar | April 30th

Join us tomorrow, April 30 at 11:30 am PST

As health care professionals and Diabetes Specialists, how do we prepare people with diabetes for the possibility of a COVID-19 infection and hospitalization?

What are the best practices to care for people with diabetes and COVID-19 in the outpatient and hospital setting?


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COVID-19 & Diabetes| What Health Care Professionals Need to Know – FREE Webinar

As health care professionals and Diabetes Specialists, how do we prepare people with diabetes for the possibility of a COVID-19 infection and hospitalization?

What are best practices to care for people with diabetes and COVID-19 in the outpatient and hospital setting?

Updates:

The Telehealth guidelines for providing DSMT have been updated since the streaming of this webinar.  Please see this blog, Telehealth and DSMT | Latest Updates from CMS, for updated information.

Webinar Viewing Options:


Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM, has summarized key information including critical teaching points and management strategies for people with diabetes who develop a COVID-19 infection.

In addition to the webinar, we will provide attendees with useful resources to provide care and education to colleagues and community members alike.

Topics:

  1. Discuss the relationship between social determinants of health, diabetes, and COVID-19.
  2. List how people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes can prevent and prepare for a COVID-19 infection.
  3. Describe how the COVID-19 virus can cause serious illness in people with diabetes and underlying health conditions
  4. State management strategies for people with diabetes and COVID in the inpatient and outpatient settings.
  5. Discuss the latest regulations regarding DSMT and Telehealth

Updates:

The Telehealth guidelines for providing DSMT have been updated since the streaming of this webinar.  Please see this blog, Telehealth and DSMT | Latest Updates from CMS, for updated information.

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, has been Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management for over 20 years. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, a working educator and a nationally recognized diabetes expert.

Can’t make it live? Your webinar registration means you receive a link to the recorded version within hours of airing.


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Free CDCES Exam Prep Webinar & Exam Scheduling Update | Free Resource Friday

Join us on April 2nd from 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Get ready to succeed a the CDCES exam. This course will transform your test anxiety into calm self-confidence and test taking readiness.

We will review sample test questions and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers.

Topics covered include the changes in requirements for 2020, exam eligibility and test format, strategies to succeed, and a review of study tips and test-taking tactics.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Intended Audience: This FREE webinar is designed for individuals or groups of diabetes educators, including RNs, RDs, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants and other health care providers interested in achieving excellence in diabetes care and becoming Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists®.


Certification Exams & COVID-19

Many people in our community are wondering how the shelter-in-place due to COVID-19 impacts any previously scheduled certification exams, so we wanted to provide an update from PSI, the testing centers for the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBDCE).

The PSI centers for testing closed on March 19 and will be closed till at least April 13th, but will reassess this timeline, as necessary.

PSI states, “Effective immediately, candidates can reschedule up to and including the day of testing at no penalty and no documentation required.”

Due to this closure, all rescheduling rules and no show policies will be relaxed until April 30th; you can reschedule your test till then at no cost.

To avoid long wait times, PSI encourages you to reschedule online through their website. Though you can also reschedule by calling: 833-333-4755 Call Centers are open: 4:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. PDT M-F, 6:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. PDT Sat-Sun

For more information on the PSI closures, click here. For site closures regarding the BC-ADM exam, click here.


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Free Resource Friday | Getting to the Gut Webinar Ready for Viewing

Join the wonderment as we explore the role of our Microbiome

This one-hour complimentary journey will expand your view of how trillions of bacterial hitchhikers profoundly influence our health. We will discuss how foods, the environment and our medical practices have impacted our gut bacteria over time and strategies we can take to protect these old friends. You can either view the webinar for free, or to receive 1.0 CE, purchase the webinar below for just $19 (normally $29). 

Feedback from a recent participant:

“Beverly never disappoints! Great information presented so nicely. She is interesting and fun.”

“Fabulous webinar!! Great cutting edge information!”

Watch now for free (no CEs):

This webinar is completely free because we love sharing exciting information with our community! However, if you would like CEs you can purchase the individual course or as part of a series.


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Free Resource Friday | A Touch of Sugar Documentary

A Touch of Sugar, a documentary on type 2 diabetes, debuted at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. This documentary highlights the experiences of people with type 2 diabetes.

In particular, the film focuses on stories from African-American and Latino communities, both of which are disproportionately affected by type 2 diabetes. Narrated by Viola Davis and created in collaboration with Merck as a part of its larger campaign, America’s Diabetes Challenge, the documentary urges people to think about how we can address the stigma associated with diabetes.

Watch the documentary on FYI Television Network:

Saturday, 11/23 at 10:30 a.m EST

Monday, 11/25 at 8:30 a.m. EST

Visit America’s Diabetes Challenge to learn more about the film!


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A Special Shout Out to Akkermansia Muciniphila

More intestinal mucus is better. Especially if it is microbially diverse and full of A. muciniphila. A healthy thick gut mucus lining environment boasts an abundance of A. muciniphila and is associated with decreased glucose and less inflammation. A thinner mucus layer is associated with increased diabetes risk and inflammation.

A. muciniphila, discovered only a decade ago, has the important and complex job of maintaining the mucus layer that lines the intestines. Hence the name, mucinphila or mucus loving. An intestinal mucus layer full of A. mucinphila seems to be important. This bacterium makes up just 3 to 5 percent of all gut microbes, yet it’s the main microbe floating in the mucus layer and it’s busy.

The Role of A. muciniphila

A. muciniphila prompts cells to increase mucin production which contributes to a healthy intestinal mucus layer and prevents pathogens from escaping the intestine and entering into circulation.

In rodent studies, A. muciniphila nudges the cells that line the intestine to release more endocannabinoids, which reduce inflammation and prompt release of the gut hormones, GLP-1 and GLP-2. Gut hormones lower post meal glucose levels.

A. muciniphila also helps to create small chain fatty acids from the breakdown of microbiota available carbohydrates (MACs). Fatty acids are associated with a healthier gut. They lower the intestinal pH and create a lumen environment that supports healthy bacterial diversity.

How can we increase A. muciniphila?

Metformin is associated with increased levels of A. muciniphila. Animal studies consistently show that metformin significantly promotes A. muciniphila abundance.

Eating certain whole foods and avoiding high fat diets.

Studies show that polyphenols derived from grapes and cranberries increase the abundance of Akkermansia. This results in enhanced intestinal barrier function and incretin secretion from intestinal endocrine cells. Together, these actions suppress obesity, insulin resistance, and intestinal inflammation.

In another study, apple-derived macromolecular procyanidins induced an increase in the abundance of intestinal Akkermansia leading to anti-inflammatory effects in a mouse model with metabolic syndrome.

Research has also shown that avoiding a high-fat diet and heavy alcohol intake can increase A. muciniphila abundance.

Probiotics – studies are being done to see if A. mucinphila supplements can also increase intestinal levels. There is so much more info coming out everyday about this bug superstar.


View our FREE On-Demand Webinar – Getting to the Gut, Meet Your Microbiome

This one-hour complimentary journey will expand your view of how trillions of bacterial hitchhikers profoundly influence our health. We will discuss how foods, the environment and our medical practices have impacted our gut bacteria over time and strategies we can take to protect these old friends. Join us!

Gut Bacteria Resource Page & Printable Handouts


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Free Resource Friday | Getting to the Gut Webinar Nov 12th

Join Coach Beverly for an exploration into the 30 feet of lumen that affects daily well-being. This one-hour complimentary journey will expand participants view of how trillions of bacterial hitchhikers profoundly influence our health.

FREE webinar, Getting to the Gut – Meet Your Microbiome, airs Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Beverly will discuss how foods, the environment and our medical practices impact gut bacteria over time and strategies we can take to protect these old friends.

Since we are anticipating a full-house, plan to arrive at the webinar at least 15 minutes early to hold your spot (first come, first serve basis). Don’t worry if you miss the live version, we will send you a link to the recorded version later that day.

Register below if you want to join us live, November 12 at 11:30 a.m. PST:

We offer this course as part of our Level 4 Bundle as well as an individual course! If you’re hoping for CE credit, you can purchase the individual course or the Level 4 Bundle in our store. Purchase comes with video, podcast, handouts, test, and CE Certificate.


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Free Resource Friday |Preparing for the CDCES Exam Webinar

Join us live with your questions on October 10, 2019 @ 11:30 a.m. PST!

Coach Beverly offers this FREE webinar to help get you prepare for the CDCES Exam. All her tips and tricks are meant to ease your mind and reflect the updates to the CDCES content outline. Register below with a name and email and you can join us live next Thursday!

Topics covered include:

  • Changes in requirements for 2019
  • Exam eligibility and test format
  • Strategies to succeed
  • Review of study tips and test taking tactics.

We will review sample test questions and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Intended Audience: This FREE webinar is designed for individual or groups of diabetes educators, including RNs, RDs, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants and other health care providers interested in achieving excellence in diabetes care and becoming Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists®.

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM is a working educator who has passed her CDCES Exam 6 times. She is a nationally recognized diabetes expert for over 25 years.

See our Preparing for CDCES Resource Page >>


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