A Sound Mind in a Sound Body: The Impact of Nutrition on Cognition Webinar

Credits: 1.5
Course Expiration: September 11, 2022
Professional Approvals: CDR, NCBDE
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 Learn how nutrition can affect cognition! This webinar reviews how dietary patterns, dietary components, and exercise might synergistically help mitigate the adverse effects of the oxidative stress produced by poor dietary choices.

The high polyunsaturated fatty acid, or PUFA, content in the human brain makes it particularly vulnerable to the oxidative stress produced by a typical western-style dietary pattern. An emerging but compelling body of evidence demonstrates that such a dietary pattern can have deleterious effects on cognitive function, and may lead to neuro-degenerative disorders, including but not limited to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia, and the like.

The presenter will focus on neurogenesis, neuroplasticity and the role of neurotrophins in modulating neuroplasticity. She will also provide a comprehensive review of the impact of specific factors such as DHA, curcumin, folate, vitamin E, flavonoids, the Mediterranean diet, and caloric restriction on brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF. The session will also cover gut peptides, the bi-directional gut-brain axis, the role of gut bacteria, how the production of neurotransmitters can influence mood and cognition, and the similarities between Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Given the pivotal role that diet plays, it is incumbent upon RDs to translate this research into meaningful food choices for an aging population.

I found this course to be concise, evidence-based and beneficial to my knowledge as an RDN! I will definitely be referencing back to this information when completing assessments and implementing interventions for those at risk for, or who have pressure injuries.
- Courtney Riffe, RDN, CD, CSG
Nutrition Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries Short Course

After attending this session attendees will be able to:

  1. Define neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, and neurotrophins, and describe how the neurotrophin, BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) influences cognitive function.
  2. Describe the role of dietary patterns, dietary components, exercise, gut bacteria, gut peptides, and epigenetics in the cognitive process and neuroplasticity.
  3. Compare how T2Dm and Alzheimer’s disease may be linked & describe their common features.
  4. Analyze how oxidative stress may be associated with dementia and how antioxidants may potentially mitigate this process.
  5. State how and why dietitians must leverage the scientific research on nutrition and cognitive function in order to get their patients to eat healthfully.

This course is intended for: RDNs, NDTRs

CDR Activity Number Live: 151742/Recorded: 151743

Activity Type: 171 Live Webinar OR 175 Recorded Pre-Approved CPE
CPE Level: 2

Suggested Performance Indicators:

  • 8.1.3   Integrates knowledge of macronutrients and micronutrients for absorption, digestion and metabolism throughout the life span in practice.
  • 8.1.5   Applies medical nutrition therapy in disease prevention and management.
  • 8.3.1   Maintains the knowledge and skill to manage a variety of disease states and clinical conditions.
  • 8.3.6   Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.

Suggested CDR Learning Needs Codes:

  • 2090 Micronutrients: vitamins, mineral
  • 2110 Physiology, exercise physiology
  • 4040 Disease prevention, health promotion
  • 5300 Neurological: stroke, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, spinal cord injuries

Note: Numerous Other Learning Needs Codes and Performance Indicators May Apply.

Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator is the Diabetes Program Coordinator of Charles River Medical Associates, a large physician practice group in Metro West, Massachusetts. She is currently the Chair of the Central Mass Dietetic Association. Sangeeta is a sought-after professional speaker, a “Stone Soup” blogger for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ “Food and Nutrition” magazine, and India New England News’ nutrition columnist. Sangeeta speaks regularly at professional conferences and has presented talks at the state level Annual conference of the Mass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ANCE), in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. She has also presented talks at Simmons’ College, Boston, and Framingham State University, MA, in 2017 and 2018 respectively. In 2018, Sangeeta was a guest on a local radio station in MA, where she discussed the gut microbiome, and in Jan 2019 was on the “Nutrition Experts podcast” with Mathea Ford, RD, discussing the link between nutrition and cognition. Sangeeta is also an expert on Indian vegetarian nutrition with a special focus on weight and diabetes management in South Asians. Her mission in life is to get the facts pertaining to nutrition without the hype, to the common consumer and to this end, blogs on her nutrition and food blog at https://webdietitian.wordpress.com/.

Disclosures: No conflict of interest exists for this webinar.


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