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This webinar was presented live on April 17, 2019.
It is well established that nutrition is an important factor that shapes the composition and metabolic activity of the human microbiome. Plant-based eating patterns have been found to be effective for weight loss and for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. Nutrition throughout the lifecycle plays a key role in shaping the microbiota as well as the metabolites produced by certain bacteria. This webinar will review the evidence on nutrition’s impact on the microbiome in relation to inflammation, obesity, and diabetes. Eating patterns and food groups, as well as prebiotics and probiotics, will be presented as potential treatments to improve the health of the microbiome. A healthy gut is associated with less inflammation, a healthy body weight, and glycemic control.
CPEU Level: 3
Learning Need Codes: 5190, 4040, 4110, 5370
Performance Indicators: 10.4.4, 8.1.1, 8.3.1
- Describe the development and function of the human gut microbiota and its influence on health.
- Describe the nutritional factors that contribute to dysbiosis and its downstream effects on metabolic dysfunction and chronic disease including obesity, diabetes, and other disorders.
- Explain how plant-based nutrition, prebiotics, and probiotics, as well as other healthy lifestyle behaviors, can improve the metabolic activity of the microbiota and the health of the host.
Meghan Jardine, MS, MBA, RDN, LD, CDE
Associate Director of Diabetes Nutrition Education
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Meghan Jardine, is the associate director of diabetes nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting preventive medicine, especially better nutrition, and higher standards in research. Mrs. Jardine works PRN as a clinical dietitian providing medical nutrition therapy for Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas.