Connie Watkins Bales, PhD

Professor in Medicine
Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Campus mail 2508 Busse Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 660-7519
Email address bales001@mc.duke.edu

Research in our laboratory focuses on the role of nutrition (particularly vitamins and minerals) in the prevention and management of chronic diseases in older adults. Previous studies have concerned trace elements and cardiovascular disease, calcium and osteoporosis, and renal synthesis of vitamin D as it relates to bone health. Some of our newest work emphasizes the role of micronutrients as antioxidants and their interaction with the aging process. We are also working on various aspects of energy balance in older adults, ranging from failure to thrive in stroke patients with dysphagia to exercise and nutrition effects in overweight subjects who begin physical training. Thus we have a number of clinical and epidemiological projects on-going, many of which include a strong emphasis on nutrition assessment techniques in middle-aged and elderly subjects.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1981

Publications

Porter Starr, Kathryn N., Carl F. Pieper, Melissa C. Orenduff, Shelley R. McDonald, Luisa B. McClure, Run Zhou, Martha E. Payne, and Connie W. Bales. “Improved Function With Enhanced Protein Intake per Meal: A Pilot Study of Weight Reduction in Frail, Obese Older Adults..” J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci 71, no. 10 (October 2016): 1369–75. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glv210.

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26786203
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Slentz, Cris A., Lori A. Bateman, Leslie H. Willis, Esther O. Granville, Lucy W. Piner, Gregory P. Samsa, Tracy L. Setji, et al. “Effects of exercise training alone vs a combined exercise and nutritional lifestyle intervention on glucose homeostasis in prediabetic individuals: a randomised controlled trial..” Diabetologia 59, no. 10 (October 2016): 2088–98. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00125-016-4051-z.

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27421729
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Starr, Kathryn N Porter, Carl F. Pieper, Melissa C. Orenduff, Shelley R. McDonald, Luisa B. McClure, Run Zhou, Martha E. Payne, and Connie W. Bales. “Improved Function With Enhanced Protein Intake per Meal: A Pilot Study of Weight Reduction in Frail, Obese Older Adults.” Journals of Gerontology Series a Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 71, no. 10 (October 2016): 1369–75. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glv210.

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Porter Starr, Kathryn N., Shelley R. McDonald, Julia A. Weidner, and Connie W. Bales. “Challenges in the Management of Geriatric Obesity in High Risk Populations..” Nutrients 8, no. 5 (May 4, 2016). https://doi.org/10.3390/nu8050262.

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27153084
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Bales, C. W., K. R. Young, and J. J. B. Anderson. “Nutrition and bone health in older adults.” In Diet, Nutrients, and Bone Health, 413–30, 2016.

Scholars@Duke

Villareal, Dennis T., Luigi Fontana, Sai Krupa Das, Leanne Redman, Steven R. Smith, Edward Saltzman, Connie Bales, et al. “Effect of Two-Year Caloric Restriction on Bone Metabolism and Bone Mineral Density in Non-Obese Younger Adults: A Randomized Clinical Trial..” J Bone Miner Res 31, no. 1 (January 2016): 40–51. https://doi.org/10.1002/jbmr.2701.

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26332798
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Glynn, Erin L., Lucy W. Piner, Kim M. Huffman, Cris A. Slentz, Lorraine Elliot-Penry, Hiba AbouAssi, Phillip J. White, et al. “Impact of combined resistance and aerobic exercise training on branched-chain amino acid turnover, glycine metabolism and insulin sensitivity in overweight humans..” Diabetologia 58, no. 10 (October 2015): 2324–35. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00125-015-3705-6.

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26254576
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Yates, T., M. J. Davies, S. M. Haffner, P. J. Schulte, L. Thomas, K. M. Huffman, C. W. Bales, et al. “Physical activity as a determinant of fasting and 2-h post-challenge glucose: a prospective cohort analysis of the NAVIGATOR trial..” Diabet Med 32, no. 8 (August 2015): 1090–96. https://doi.org/10.1111/dme.12762.

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25818859
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