Insulin management can be daunting for physicians of all kinds, as very few have adequate training to optimize management in primary care. Applying naturopathic principles, including First Do No Harm and Find the Cause, helps to identify and illuminate management steps, including when to initiate insulin, proper starting doses, titrating doses, and preventing hypoglycemia and weight gain. This presentation will guide attendees through the confusing terminology and provide guidance that can be immediately implemented in clinical practice to optimize insulin therapy in type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It will present case-based examples of common clinical scenarios to illustrate considerations for starting insulin, dosing long- and short-acting insulin, identifying indications for insulin “supplements”, and preventing complications of insulin treatment. Additional content will include discussions of how to select insulin, how and where to administer insulin, safety issues using insulin concomitantly with other diabetes medications, and considerations when combining insulin with other hormonal and nutritional treatments, including thyroid hormone, adrenal support, and fasting.
Speaker bio: Dr. Bradley received his Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) from Bastyr University in 2003 and his Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in 2009. He is licensed in WA, OR, and CA and maintains a private practice in addition to his research and teaching. Between 2005-2013 he served as the Director of the Center for Diabetes & Cardiovascular Wellness at Bastyr University. Currently, his primary academic appointments are as the Director of Research and Senior Investigator at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, OR. He is also an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), an Affiliate Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Washington in Seattle, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Bradley has conducted a wide-variety of clinical, epidemiologic, and practice-based research focused on complementary and integrative medicine, and he has published over 70 manuscripts in leading peer-reviewed research journals. He is a highly-rated international speaker on naturopathic medicine, integrative medicine research, and clinical cardiovascular, renal, and metabolic health.
**This presentation is certified by the WANP for 1 Category 1 CE credit, including 1 Pharmacology credit, for Washington NDs.**
This presentation will take place on March 17, 2022 at 7pm.