Fatty Acids: Making Clinical Sense of Lab Reports

Presented by Deanna Minich, Ph.D.

The clinical importance of essential omega-3 fatty acids in health and disease is well documented and widely accepted. However, there is less knowledge regarding the fundamentals of all other fatty acids, their interrelationships, and connection to fat-soluble nutrient levels. This lecture is designed to bring clinicians "up-to-speed" on the basics of fatty acids and to discuss the interpretation of fatty acid laboratory findings as they relate to clinical conditions, fat-soluble nutrients, and nutrition physical exam findings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the interrelationships of fatty acids
  • Understand how to take away basic clinical pearls from fatty acid laboratory tests
  • Review tests and clinical signs to assess fatty acid balance
  • Learn how to connect the dots to fat-soluble nutrients, and some basic nutrition physical exam findings
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Deanna Minich, Ph.D.Deanna Minich, Ph.D.

Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-recognized teacher, author, scientist, and speaker. She has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of nutrition and functional medicine, including clinical practice, research, product formulation, writing, and education. Dr. Minich's passion is teaching a whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, spirituality, and art in medicine.