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

Making Clinical Sense of Needless Controversies: Updates to Microbiome, Dietary Fat, and High Blood Pressure

Friday, May 4, 2018
10:50-11:55 AM 

Session Abstract

We live in an age of seemingly infinite information.  Too many times, opinions contrary to objective data are reported as equal to opinions based upon fact.  But “balance” should not be defined as countering truth with untruths.  While prevalent in the information age, such an approach only encourages opinions over facts, drives a cycle of misinformation, and worst of all, creates the sense that everyone is agenda-driven, and no one really knows anything.  The learning objectives of this presentation is to provide scientific updates to the microbiome, dietary fat, and high blood pressure.  The intent is to focus less upon differences, and focus more upon areas of core agreement among most reasonable clinicians and scientists.  Through filtering out the noise, the hope is to articulate common sense approaches regarding seemingly controversial topics as it pertains to the practical day-to-day management of patients.


Learning Objectives

After attending this session, individuals will be able to:

  1. Provide scientific updates to microbiome, dietary fat, and high blood pressure.
  2. Translate microbiome, dietary fat, and high blood pressure updates into common sense approaches to the management of patients.


Presented By:

Harold Edward Bays MD, FOMA, FTOS, FACC, FACE, FNLA

Dr. Harold Bays is Board Certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology, and Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.  He has served as an Investigator for over 450 Phase I - IV clinical trials regarding treatments for dyslipidemias, obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and other metabolic and hormonal disorders. As Medical Director and President of Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Research Center, Dr. Bays has written, or served as a contributing author to over 200 peer review scientific manuscripts and book chapters, well as over 100 scientific abstracts presented at major scientific meetings, and served as first author for a number of scientific consensus statements in Lipidology and Obesity Medicine. As Medical Director of “Your Body Goal,” he oversees a state-of-the art weight management program.  He is a Fellow of the National Lipid Association (FNLA), Fellow of The Obesity Society (FTOS), Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (FACE). Dr. Bays originated the term "adiposopathy" ("sick fat"), which defines how and when the pathologic consequences of adipose tissue accumulation promotes metabolic disease, including dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension.  Dr. Bays was lead author of the National Lipid Association Annual Summary of Clinical Lipidology 2015 & 2016, co-author of the National Lipid Association Recommendations for Patient-Centered Treatment of Dyslipidemia, and Chairman of the Obesity Medicine Association Obesity Algorithm.  He was Chairman of the National Lipid Association 2012 Adiposity and Dyslipidemia Consensus Conference and Chairman of the 2010 American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist Adipose Tissue Pathophysiology State of the Science Conference.  Finally, Dr. Bays has served as Chairman and task force member for a number of other medical initiatives regarding lipids and obesity, and has received several scientific awards in such as the 2016 Obesity Medicine Association “Obesity Medicine Clinician of the Year,” 2015 National Lipid Association “President’s Service Award,” and 2014 American Society of Bariatric Physicians “Task Force Award.”