Recorded Webinar: Go Nuts: Help Your Clients and Patients Reduce the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome and Health-Related Issues

This webinar took place on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, from 2-3 p.m. ET.

Tree nuts have long been shown to help decrease the risk of heart disease, but researchers are now looking at their potential impact on weight, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. In a recent study, young adults who snacked on tree nuts had a lower risk of metabolic syndrome due to improved waist circumference, lipid biomarkers, and/or insulin levels, without any calorie restriction.

Overall prevalence of metabolic syndrome, which increases the risk for diabetes and CVD, has increased to 21.3% among healthy American adults aged 20-39 years. In addition, most people get about 25% of their calories each day from snacks and a large portion comes from desserts, sugar-sweetened beverages, sweets, and salty snacks. Replacing just one of those snacks with 1.5 ounces of tree nuts could have a positive impact in reducing the risk of metabolic syndrome and its consequences in this age group.

Join Heidi Silver, PhD, RD, for a webinar that will discuss the latest research on nuts and metabolic syndrome, weight, and diabetes, as well as practical ways to incorporate nuts into a healthy diet.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, nutrition professionals will better be able to:

  1. Describe the definition, prevalence, and primary physiological and clinical contributors for metabolic syndrome.
  2. Assess the role of snack consumption in metabolic syndrome risk.
  3. Distinguish the efficacy of tree nuts as snacks in relation to cardiometabolic disease risk.
  4. Demonstrate the findings of studies of tree nuts as snacks in young adults at risk for metabolic syndrome.

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8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.4, 8.1.5
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Dr. Heidi Silver is a Research Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a Health Scientist in the Veterans Affairs Department of Research. Her research focuses on elucidating the role of dietary macronutrients and body composition on inflammation, insulin resistance, and cardiometabolic disease risk reduction. In addition, she has collaborated on the development of imaging protocols to differentiate ectopic fat in organs and tissues and determine its role in cardiometabolic disease risk.

Dr. Silver established and is the director of the Vanderbilt Diet, Body Composition, and Human Metabolism Core. Recently, she was a member of the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Committee to establish energy requirement formulas and goals for the US and Canadian population. She has provided multi-day workshops in 10 different countries and produced several tools that are used by dietitians, nurses, and physicians in clinical practice worldwide. In her leisure time, Dr. Silver enjoys reading novels, making bead jewelry, playing bridge, competing in ballroom dance, and playing tug-of-war with her Bichon puppy, Livvy.

Heidi J. Silver, PhD, RD, faculty for this activity, has the following relevant financial relationships to report: she has received grant support from International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation (Silver PI) and the US Dept of Veterans Affairs Merit Award (Silver & Keothe PIs). She has also received NIH funding for NIDDK: Koethe & Silver PI; NIDDK: Hsi PI, Silver co-I; NHLBI: Stein PI, Silver co-I; and NIAID: Bacharier PI, Silver co-I.


Go Nuts: Help Your Clients and Patients Reduce the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome and Health-Related Issues awards 1.0 CPEU in accordance with the Commission on Dietetic Registration's CPEU Prior Approval Program. 

The responsible provider for this activity is the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation.

Funding from non-CPE revenue for CPE planning, development, review, and/or presentation has been provided by the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation.

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  • 1.00 CDR


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