Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition - A dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Applying Evidence Based Nutrition Therapy for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Friday, March 31, 2017

Session Abstract

Evidence based nutrition recommendations for cardiovascular risk reduction will be presented and the controversies explored. Practical methods to effectively apply these recommendations in a variety of settings will be discussed. Elevated lipids are a root cause of atherosclerosis, the key underlying process contributing to most clinical cardiac events. Types of dyslipidemia include primary hypercholesterolemia, combined hyperlipidemia and severe hypertriglyceridemia. Tips for helping clients and patients reduce saturated fat, dietary cholesterol and added sugars will be presented, along with use of functional foods. Cardioprotective eating patterns emphasize a variety of plant foods and lean sources of protein and examples include DASH and Mediterranean-style. These can be tailored to treat different types of dyslipidemia, for individual patient’s goals, and cultural preferences. RDN’s can confidently respond to popular and possibly harmful claims regarding the health benefits of popular foods, such as coconut oil, butter and eggs for people at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe the main nutrition and exercise features of the 2015 National Lipid Association lifestyle recommendations for dyslipidemia.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss the differences between MNT for hypercholesterolemia, mild hypertriglyceridemia and severe hypertriglyceridemia.
  3. Participants will explain and apply the evidence based recommendations for limiting saturated fat and dietary cholesterol and how these differ from popular claims.

Presented By:

Nancy Smith, MS, RDN, CDE, CLS, LDN
Nancy T. Smith, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE, CLS is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and Clinical Lipid Specialist with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.  She provides nutrition assessments and counseling for individuals and groups through the Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center and Lipid Center. She is frequently called upon to provide presentations for professionals and the public on diabetes, cardiovascular nutrition and weight control. Nancy has always had a special interest in lipid management and was pleased to help start the Tallahassee Memorial Lipid Center in 2010. Nancy earned the Clinical Lipid Specialist credential from the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology in 2013. In 2015, Nancy served on the Expert Panel for the development of the National Lipid Association Lifestyle Recommendations for the Patient Centered Management of Dyslipidemia. She is scheduled to receive the Fellow of the National Lipid Association Award on May 21, 2016.