This course examines the endocrine system and energy metabolism in health and disease, linking those concepts to applied clinical nutrition. Stress, diet, imbalanced lifestyle, and environmental hormone disruptors can affect hormone and energy metabolism. The epidemiology and pathophysiology of common hormone imbalances and energy impairments will be explored through an integrative and functional lens. Topics will include mitochondrial health, thyroid, adrenal, hypothalamus, pituitary, and reproductive health. Controversial topics such as the role of iodine in thyroid and breast health will be explored. Assessments will include signs and symptoms, and relevant laboratory analysis. Therapeutic approaches will incorporate whole foods, therapeutic diets, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle in the broader context of an individual`s health, goals, and environment. Case studies will be used to help students integrate the science with clinical application.
- Doctor of Clinical Nutrition