Pre-Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes | EIM Online Module*
Pre-Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes | EIM Online Module*

3 CECs


More than 96 million U.S. adults (38.0%) have prediabetes (PreDM) and 36 million have type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Lifestyle changes have been shown to delay or prevent those with prediabetes from going on to develop T2DM, and individuals with T2DM also benefit significantly from a well-designed exercise program. It’s important that exercise professionals collaborate with a patient’s care team to align the exercise prescription with the individual’s treatment plan, medications and eating pattern. 

This module, from the Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) Online Course, is designed to help the learner understand the complex interactions between blood glucose, insulin and physical activity to help clients/patients with PreDM or T2DM adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle. 

Learning objectives 

After completing this module, participants will be able to: 

  1. Explain the basic pathophysiology of PreDM and T2DM; 
  2. Paraphrase or describe to patients the purpose and benefits of being physically active based on their individual needs and condition; 
  3. Determine the appropriate dosage, frequency, intensity, time, and type of physical activity needed to manage and/or prevent PreDM and T2DM and be able to communicate this to the patient and the health care team; 
  4. Describe how to individualize an exercise plan for individuals with PreDM and T2DM, based on assessment data, special needs, personal considerations and potential contraindications; 
  5. Explain how commonly prescribed pharmacological agents may affect the individual’s response to exercise and how a change in activity could potentially interact with or affect responses to pharmaceutical interventions; 
  6. Understand when to refer a client/patient back to their health care provider or a member of the diabetes care team. 

Contributing Authors

Veronica Brady, Ph.D., FNP-BC, BC-ADM, CDCES, is an assistant professor at UTHealth Houston as well as a nurse practitioner at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She has worked in the area of diabetes for over 20 years and is a certified diabetes care and education specialist. 

Mary E. Sanders; Ph.D.; CDCES®; ACSM-RCEP, CEP®; FACSM; is a clinical assistant professor and exercise physiologist at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. As certified diabetes care and education specialist, she works as a member of the health care team to promote healthy lifestyles for individuals with PreDM and T2DM. 

Technology Requirements: 

  • Windows: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mobile:?Safari in Apple iOS/iPadOS (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version) in Apple iOS/iPadOS (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version) in Android OS 6 or later

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ACSM does not allow substitutions, refunds or credits for this course.  

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