The HP Perspective: Report from Today’s Dietitians’ Roundtable

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This year, AICR provided dietitians and other health professionals who attended our Research Conference with an opportunity to network with one another and discuss the science they’ve been hearing about for the past two days.

Several tables at today’s lunch were set aside for roundtable discussions on several different topics.  AICR Nutrition Advisor, Karen Collins, MS, RD, reports back:

“Our table’s discussion included a lot of interest in yesterday’s presentation on intervention studies.  When a given study seems to show that a particular diet or supplement “works” or “doesn’t work”, how can we convey to our clients that those findings really mean that they may work for some people, and not others?

A big factor, not often discussed in media coverage, is where the subjects in intervention trials start off — what are their initial nutrient levels, body weights, physical activity levels, genetics, etc.?  Knowing these things is crucial to understanding a study’s ultimate findings. 

But headlines can be very misleading, which is why people need to know where they can turn for the whole story.”

Meeting 80% of the Activity Goal

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There are a lot of insights coming from three major exercise intervention studies. The studies, presented by exercise physiologist Dr. Kathryn Schmitz are the findings of Dr. Anne McTiernan (she was sick), whose goal is to better understand how aerobic interventions affect signs of cancer in the body in msneakeriddle aged to older adults.

Here’s a great one: Women meet 80% of their exercise goal, and it doesn’t matter what the goal is – high or low.

Other conclusions from the studies: gender matters. We don’t know why yet, said Dr. Schmitz, but men and women show different results. And also, people need a good pair of sneakers.