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

Starr, Kathryn N., Esther O. Granville, Christine I. Ocampo, Cris A. Slentz, Lori A. Bateman, Leslie H. Willis, Sarah B. Rose, William E. Kraus, and Connie W. Bales. “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.” In Faseb Journal, Vol. 27. FEDERATION AMER SOC EXP BIOL, 2013.

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Bales, Connie W. “Response from the editor..” J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr 32, no. 1 (2013).

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23586142
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Bales, C. W., and M. A. Johnson. “Nutrition in older adults.” In Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease: Eleventh Edition, 744–56, 2012.

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Willis, Leslie H., Cris A. Slentz, Lori A. Bateman, A Tamlyn Shields, Lucy W. Piner, Connie W. Bales, Joseph A. Houmard, and William E. Kraus. “Effects of aerobic and/or resistance training on body mass and fat mass in overweight or obese adults..” J Appl Physiol (1985) 113, no. 12 (December 15, 2012): 1831–37. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.01370.2011.

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23019316
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Bales, Connie W., Victoria H. Hawk, Esther O. Granville, Sarah B. Rose, Tamlyn Shields, Lori Bateman, Leslie Willis, et al. “Aerobic and resistance training effects on energy intake: the STRRIDE-AT/RT study..” Med Sci Sports Exerc 44, no. 10 (October 2012): 2033–39. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0b013e318259479a.

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22525775
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Huffman, Kim M., Victoria H. Hawk, Sarah T. Henes, Christine I. Ocampo, Melissa C. Orenduff, Cris A. Slentz, Johanna L. Johnson, et al. “Exercise effects on lipids in persons with varying dietary patterns-does diet matter if they exercise? Responses in Studies of a Targeted Risk Reduction Intervention through Defined Exercise I..” Am Heart J 164, no. 1 (July 2012): 117–24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahj.2012.04.014.

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22795291
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Rickman, Amy D., Donald A. Williamson, Corby K. Martin, Cheryl H. Gilhooly, Richard I. Stein, Connie W. Bales, Susan Roberts, and Sai Krupa Das. “The CALERIE Study: design and methods of an innovative 25% caloric restriction intervention..” Contemp Clin Trials 32, no. 6 (November 2011): 874–81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2011.07.002.

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21767664
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Bales, C. W., E. O. Granville, S. B. Rose, S. L. Aktan, V. Arendt, A. Dathan, L. W. Piner, and W. E. Kraus. “A MULTI-COMPONENT WEIGHT LOSS INTERVENTION FOR MIDDLE-AGED AND OLDER ADULTS WITH PRE-DIABETES.” Gerontologist 51 (November 1, 2011): 475–475.

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Slentz, Cris A., Lori A. Bateman, Leslie H. Willis, A Tamlyn Shields, Charles J. Tanner, Lucy W. Piner, Victoria H. Hawk, et al. “Effects of aerobic vs. resistance training on visceral and liver fat stores, liver enzymes, and insulin resistance by HOMA in overweight adults from STRRIDE AT/RT..” Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 301, no. 5 (November 2011): E1033–39. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpendo.00291.2011.

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21846904
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