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, C. W., G. T. Buhr, V. H. Hawk, L. S. Evanko, and H. K. White. “Providing optimal nutrition in the assisted living environment.” In Geriatric Nutrition, 341–58, 2007.

Scholars@Duke

Huffman, Kim M., Gregory P. Samsa, Cris A. Slentz, Brian D. Duscha, Johanna L. Johnson, Connie W. Bales, Charles J. Tanner, Joseph A. Houmard, and William E. Kraus. “Response of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein to exercise training in an at-risk population..” Am Heart J 152, no. 4 (October 2006): 793–800. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahj.2006.04.019.

PMID
16996860
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Huffman, K., M. Orenduff, G. P. Samsa, W. E. Kraus, and C. W. Bales. “Relationship of glycemic load to cardiovascular risk factors and high sensitivity C reactive protein (hsCRP) in sedentary men and women with the metabolic syndrome.” In Faseb Journal, 20:A579–A579. FEDERATION AMER SOC EXP BIOL, 2006.

Scholars@Duke

Slentz, Cris A., Lori B. Aiken, Joseph A. Houmard, Connie W. Bales, Johanna L. Johnson, Charles J. Tanner, Brian D. Duscha, and William E. Kraus. “Inactivity, exercise, and visceral fat. STRRIDE: a randomized, controlled study of exercise intensity and amount..” J Appl Physiol (1985) 99, no. 4 (October 2005): 1613–18. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00124.2005.

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16002776
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Bales, C. W., and J. L. Purser. “Achieving a healthy body weight: Diet and exercise interventions for type 2 diabetes.” In Nutrition and Diabetes: Pathophysiology and Management, 43–56, 2005.

Scholars@Duke

Bales, C. W., J. G. Fischer, and M. C. Orenduff. “Nutritional interventions for age-related chronic disease.” Generations 28, no. 3 (September 1, 2004): 54–60.

Scholars@Duke

White, Heidi K., Eleanor S. McConnell, Connie W. Bales, and Maragatha Kuchibhatla. “A 6-month observational study of the relationship between weight loss and behavioral symptoms in institutionalized Alzheimer's disease subjects..” J Am Med Dir Assoc 5, no. 2 (March 2004): 89–97. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.JAM.0000110646.48753.EF.

PMID
14984619
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Slentz, Cris A., Brian D. Duscha, Johanna L. Johnson, Kevin Ketchum, Lori B. Aiken, Gregory P. Samsa, Joseph A. Houmard, Connie W. Bales, and William E. Kraus. “Effects of the amount of exercise on body weight, body composition, and measures of central obesity: STRRIDE--a randomized controlled study..” Arch Intern Med 164, no. 1 (January 12, 2004): 31–39. https://doi.org/10.1001/archinte.164.1.31.

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14718319
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