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

Willis, LH, Slentz, CA, Bateman, LA, Granviille, E, Piner, LW, Bales, CW, and Kraus, WE. "Effects of Exercise Amount and Intensity versus a Lifestyle Intervention on Fasting Glucose in Adults With Pre-diabetes-STRRIDE-PD." DIABETES 62 (July 2013): A186-A186.

Scholars@Duke

Granville, EO, Starr, KN, Ratliff, A, Connor, LA, Slentz, CA, Bateman, LA, Willis, LH, Piner, L, Kraus, WE, and Bales, CW. "Weight change, calorie intake, and macronutrient profiles for 6 and 12 month diet and exercise interventions in participants with pre-diabetes: Does duration of treatment make a difference?." April 2013.

Scholars@Duke

Starr, KN, Hammond, CAS, Candice, SH, Markley, L, Sisk, R, Brown, C, and Bales, CW. "High rate of overweight and obesity in post-combat Military Service Members (MSM) and Veterans exposed to blast and/or blunt head trauma." April 2013.

Scholars@Duke

Starr, KN, Granville, EO, Ocampo, CI, Slentz, CA, Bateman, LA, Willis, LH, Rose, SB, Kraus, WE, and Bales, CW. "Influence of long-term exercise training followed by a diet/exercise weight-loss intervention on body composition and metabolic variables in subjects with pre-diabetes." April 2013.

Scholars@Duke

Bales, CW. "Response from the editor." Journal of nutrition in gerontology and geriatrics 32, no. 1 (January 2013): 83-. (Letter)

PMID
23586142
Scholars@Duke

Locher, JL, Vickers, KS, Buys, DR, Ellis, A, Lawrence, JC, Newton, LE, Roth, DL, Ritchie, CS, and Bales, CW. "A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Theoretically-Based Behavioral Nutrition Intervention for Community Elders: Lessons Learned from the Behavioral Nutrition Intervention for Community Elders Study." Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 113, no. 12 (2013): 1675-1682.

Full Text

Bales, CW, and Johnson, MA. "Nutrition in older adults." In Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease: Eleventh Edition, 744-756. December 22, 2012.

Scholars@Duke

Willis, LH, Slentz, CA, Bateman, LA, Shields, AT, Piner, LW, Bales, CW, Houmard, JA, and Kraus, WE. "Effects of aerobic and/or resistance training on body mass and fat mass in overweight or obese adults." Journal of Applied Physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985) 113, no. 12 (December 2012): 1831-1837.

PMID
23019316
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Saltzman, E, Johnson, MA, and Bales, CW. "Clinical Nutrition Update 2012." ADVANCES IN NUTRITION 3, no. 6 (November 2012): 827-828.

PMID
23153739
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Bales, CW, Hawk, VH, Granville, EO, Rose, SB, Shields, T, Bateman, L, Willis, L, Piner, LW, Slentz, CA, Houmard, JA, Gallup, D, Samsa, GP, and Kraus, WE. "Aerobic and resistance training effects on energy intake: the STRRIDE-AT/RT study." Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 44, no. 10 (October 2012): 2033-2039.

PMID
22525775
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