NAFTA - National Aerobics & Fitness Trainers Association

Diabetes Intermediate Training Program (Level 2)


5 Credits

Help Your Clients Fight Diabetes with Movement

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes—and another 84 million have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That’s one in every three Americans. In fact, there’s a good chance you’re already working with clients who suffer from diabetes.

The best weapon in the fight against diabetes is you—the health and fitness professional. Working effectively with this population, however, requires some specific knowledge and skills. The Diabetes Training Program was created to give health and fitness professionals greater knowledge and understanding of how to work with clients with either diabetes or prediabetes, and who may have health complications that must be managed during physical activity in order for them to train safely and effectively.

Career Outlook

Diabetes and prediabetes affect one third of the American population—and that number is continually rising. Learning the necessary skills to effectively train those with diabetes and prediabetes will open up vast opportunities for health and fitness professionals to reach one of the largest—and most in need—client populations. The information learned in this course will help you gain a more holistic view of the physical treatment of diabetes and allow you to play an integral role in the healthcare continuum. 

Level 2

This intermediate course takes a deeper dive into insulin resistance, interval and other key types of training, oral medications, food effects on activity, avoiding hypoglycemia, diabetes health complications, medication weight gain and loss, diabetes in youth, latest training trends and overcoming specific diabetes-related barriers to motion using goal-setting and technology.

You will learn:

  • More about insulin resistance and exercise effects, as well as cardio exercise precautions and types of training appropriate for clients with diabetes.
  • The effects of oral diabetes medications, food, energy drinks and vitamins in people with diabetes or prediabetes.
  • How to monitor exercise intensity, avoid exercise-related blood glucose lows, and whether the latest training trends are appropriate for your clients.

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