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Case Studies in Physiology and Nutrition

Lynne Berdanier, Carolyn D. Berdanier
Publication Date:
September 15, 2009
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176 pages

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    Today’s knowledge of human health demands a multidisciplinary understanding of medically related sciences, and Case Studies in the Physiology of Nutrition answers the call. Dedicated to the integration of nutrition science with physiology, this text cohesively incorporates descriptions of human problems in order to stimulate students’ critical thinking about how the body integrates various physiological factors to maintain homeostasis.

    Contains Key Points, Vocabulary Exercises, and Critical Thinking Problems
    This textbook uses short story-type case studies about fictional individuals who have health problems in order to address a range of issues in an approachable manner. The studies vary in difficulty, with some being straightforward with very simple answers, while others require in-depth thinking and literature research to solve. Each study presents patient background, symptoms, clinical finding, and questions to ponder. Upon qualifying course adoption, this book also includes a valuable instructor’s manual, which provides solutions to exercises, problem analysis, and resolution to each case study.

    This ready-to-implement resource addresses:

    • Homeostasis
    • Obesity and malnutrition
    • Anemia and diabetes
    • Nutrient–gene expression
    • Immune system
    • Food safety
    • Aging and nutrition
    • Muscle and bone studies

    Case Studies in the Physiology of Nutrition provides an understanding of nutritional components by defining biochemical, mechanical, and physical functions. Its unique approach will aid students in relating functionality to system failure as well as understanding the role of environment in health and nutrition.


      • Presents case studies covering all systems in the body with a nutrition component
      • Introduces students to nutritional–physiological applications using everyday situations
      • Includes solutions in a separate section of the text that feature relevant scientific information and references for further learning
      • Provides information on global population problems; cardiovascular, endocrine, musculoskeletal, and neuronal systems

      Instructor’s manual available with qualifying course adoption

  • Contents

    How to Use This Book

    What Is a Case Study?

    Sample Case Study: Derrick’s Malaise

    Where Can I Find the Answers to These Problems?

    Where Does the Analysis Part Come In?

    Key Words and Their Meanings: Look Up the Unfamiliar Terms

    Read the Relevant Literature

    Organize Your Information

    Prepare a Summary for Yourself of the Previous Key Points

    What Do the Terms Used in This Book Mean?


    What Is a Disease?

    How Is Disease Studied? Who Studies Disease?

    Do We Keep Track of Disease?

    What Causes a Disease to Develop?

    What Are Signs and Symptoms?

    What Kinds of Laboratory Work Could Be Helpful in Describing the Case?

    What Kinds of Tissues Can Be Used for Laboratory Assessment?

    How Long Does a Disease Last?


    What Is Homeostasis?

    How Is Homeostasis Regulated?

    What Is the Relevance of Homeostatic Control to Our Understanding of the Physiology of Nutrition?

    Malnutrition as Part of a Homeostatic Disturbance






    Other Instances of Homeostatic Regulation

    Growth and Development


    Homeostasis in Body Weight Regulation

    Treatment of Obesity

    Drugs in the Treatment of Obesity

    Diet Products

    Bariatric Surgery


    Causes of Nutritional Anemia

    Pharmacological Treatment of Iron Deficiency

    Toxicology of Iron Overload

    Other Nutrients and Anemia

    Non-Nutritional Anemia

    Blood Groups

    Blood Clotting

    White Cells

    Blood Pressure

    Learning Activity 4.1: Your Nutritional

    You Are What You Eat

    Dietary Guidelines

    Diet Assessment

    Nutritional Assessment

    Laboratory Tests

    How Is Food Used?

    How Do We Get the Nutrients in the Food into Our Bodies?


    Protein Digestion

    Amino Acid Absorption

    Carbohydrate Digestion

    Carbohydrate Absorption

    Lipid Digestion and Absorption

    We Are What We Inherit

    What Is a Gene? What Is Our Genotype? What Is Our Phenotype? What Is the Difference between the Terms, Genotype and Phenotype?

    How Do We Inherit Our Genotype and Phenotype?

    How Does Our Environment Shape the Phenotypic Expression of Our Genotype?

    Pets and People

    How the Immune System Works


    Types of Diseases of the Immune System

    Food and Health

    Food Safety

    Food-Borne Pathogens



    Eukaryotic Contaminants (Molds and Parasites)



    Stones and Bones

    Bone Mineralization

    Bone Diseases



    Skeletal Problems Associated with Renal Disease

    Other Diseases of the Bone

    Renal Stone Disease

    Types of Stones

    Age and Nutrition

    The Aging Process

    Age-Related Changes in Metabolism

    Getting from Here to There—Muscle

    Types of Muscle and Their Function

    How Nutrition Affects Muscle Function

    Muscle Problems


    *Each chapter includes a Learning Activity and several case studies.