Fasting for medical purposes has long been a tradition in many cultures and is an established therapeutic approach in integrative and functional medicine. Over the years, many different forms of fasting have been developed to support the treatment of specific chronic conditions. Intermittent Fasting: Therapeutic Mechanisms and Clinical Applications is an introductory course that explores the health benefits of various fasting methods and their clinical appropriateness for specific patient types.
This course provides a balanced overview of the primary therapeutic mechanisms of action, levels of evidence, potential contraindications, and implementation approaches for several fasting methods, including:
- Intermittent Fasting
- Alternate-Day Fasting
- Prolonged Fasting Routine
- Time-Restricted Eating
- Intermittent Energy Restriction (subtypes 5:2 and modified alternate-day fasting)
There are many different ways to fast, and each patient may have a different response. This course is designed to help clinicians be able to confidently use fasting as a therapeutic tool for improving health outcomes.
By the end of this brief course, clinicians will be able to:
- Identify and differentiate between several fasting methodologies and how they impact various body systems and chronic conditions.
- Differentiate the clinical indications and contraindications for intermittent fasting.
- Define and understand autophagy and ketosis from a fasting perspective.
- Assess the scope and limitations of emerging evidence.
- Effectively personalize and implement a fasting routine for each patient.
- Nurse practitioners
- Nutrition professionals (RD, CNS, CN, and others with advanced degrees from accredited universities)
- Physician assistants
- Physicians (MDs, NDs, DOs, DCs)
- Registered nurses
The CME option is intended for clinicians who need to fulfill continuing education requirements. If you do not need CME credits, you may purchase the non-CME option.
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board or other credentialing organization regarding the acceptance of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM from ACCME-accredited organizations.
IFM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IFM is accredited by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS) to provide Nutrition Professional Continuing Education (NPCE) credits for Certified Nutrition Specialists® (CNS®). IFM designates this activity/material for a maximum of 1.0 NPCE Credits.
Release and Termination Date
Release Date: April 15, 2023
Last Reviewed Date: February 16, 2023
Termination Date: February 16, 2026
- Your course will be delivered electronically to your online account directly upon purchase.
- You will have access to the course for 60 days from the date of purchase.
- Cancellations and extensions can only be processed manually, requests should be submitted via email or over the phone.