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

Bales, Connie W., and Gwendolen T. Buhr. “Body mass trajectory, energy balance, and weight loss as determinants of health and mortality in older adults..” Obesity Facts 2, no. 3 (January 2009): 171–78. https://doi.org/10.1159/000221008.

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20054222
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Bales, Connie W. “Improving nutritional quality of life for older adults: bringing global unity to the field..” Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly 28, no. 1 (January 2009): 3–4. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639360802633920.

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19234991
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Buhr, Gwendolen, and Connie W. Bales. “Nutritional supplements for older adults: review and recommendations-part I..” Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly 28, no. 1 (January 2009): 5–29. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639360802640545.

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19234992
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Evans, William J., John E. Morley, Josep Argilés, Connie Bales, Vickie Baracos, Denis Guttridge, Aminah Jatoi, et al. “Cachexia: a new definition..” Clin Nutr 27, no. 6 (December 2008): 793–99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2008.06.013.

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18718696
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Bales, Connie W., and Gwendolen Buhr. “Is obesity bad for older persons? A systematic review of the pros and cons of weight reduction in later life..” Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 9, no. 5 (June 2008): 302–12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2008.01.006.

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18519110
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Huffman, Kim M., Cris A. Slentz, Connie W. Bales, Joseph A. Houmard, and William E. Kraus. “Relationships between adipose tissue and cytokine responses to a randomized controlled exercise training intervention..” Metabolism 57, no. 4 (April 2008): 577–83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.metabol.2007.11.023.

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18328363
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Bales, Connie W., Kim M. Huffman, Victoria H. Hawk, Sarah T. Henes, Cris Slentz, Johanna Johnson, Joseph A. Houmard, Greg P. Samsa, and William E. Kraus. “AHA-Recommended dietary intake patterns and lipid responses to exercise: Findings from the STRRIDE I study.” In Circulation, Vol. 117. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, 2008.

Scholars@Duke

Huffman, Kim M., Melissa C. Orenduff, Gregory P. Samsa, Joseph A. Houmard, William E. Kraus, and Connie W. Bales. “Dietary carbohydrate intake and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in at-risk women and men..” American Heart Journal 154, no. 5 (November 2007): 962–68. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahj.2007.07.009.

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17967604
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Bales, Connie W., M. McCrory, J. Zheng, C. Champagne, C. Gilhooly, J. Hannah, S. Racette, et al. “Quality of self-selected diets of non-obese participants in a randomized controlled trial of caloric restriction (CR): the CALERIE study.” In Faseb Journal, 21:A155–A155. FEDERATION AMER SOC EXP BIOL, 2007.

Scholars@Duke

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