“Knowledge Unlocked” - Protein Shakes, Supplements and my Kidneys: How Much is too Much?

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Protein-rich diets and supplements have gained popularity in the past 2 decades as means for weight loss and for maintenance of physical fitness and shape. More specifically, the young generation is constantly exposed to nutritional advices for “healthy” diets that sometimes carry unnecessary health hazards. High-protein diets do not conform to all purposes. Definitely, there are substantiated needs for such prescriptions. Not infrequently, wrong beliefs about protein supplements are influencing adventurous ingestions leading to concerns for health, namely kidney health. There are certain facts that protein-rich dietary supplements are associated with negative renal outcomes in subjects with baseline kidney disease, while controversies still exist as to the risks these nutritional supplements convey to healthy individuals. 
In this webinar we will discuss the following questions:
1.     What is the relationship between proteins and renal function?
2.     What are the renal risks associated with protein and protein-rich supplements?
3.     Are all proteins equal?
4.     Will protein and nutritional supplements decrease my kidney survival?
5.     Should I test my kidney function prior to starting any nutritional supplement?
6.     What should I do while taking nutritional supplements?       
Dr. Sola Aoun Bahous is a Professor of Medicine, a clinical Nephrologist and an educator. She joined LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine in 2008 as founding member and is currently the Associate Dean for Medical Education.
Dr. Aoun Bahous obtained her M.D. degree from the Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences in 1995. Following her graduation, she completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and then her fellowship in Nephrology at the Lebanese University. Subsequently, she pursued a specialty fellowship in Hypertension and Hemodynamics at Broussais Hospital, France, and then obtained a Master degree in Cardiovascular Pharmacology from Claude Bernard Lyon university in 2000. Afterwards, she joined the Ph.D. program in Cardiovascular Pharmacology at Pierre and Marie Curie in France and obtained her degree in 2005. 
In addition to her clinical experience in Nephrology and Hypertension, Dr. Aoun Bahous has a demonstrated work history in higher education. She contributed to curriculum design, instruction and assessment at the Medical School of the University of Balamand and then she joined the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine in 2008 as founding member and coordinator of the Nephrology module and the Pharmacology discipline. She was then appointed as Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs in 2011 and she championed the planning, design and implementation of the clinical curriculum. She joined experience to expertise when she obtained her Master of Health Professions Education degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017. Dr. Aoun Bahous was appointed as Associate Dean for Medical Education in September 2019, in charge of the undergraduate medical education program. Since she joined the school, she has made many contributions and initiatives at several levels: 1) curriculum design, where she introduced a new course on fundamental knowledge of Artificial Intelligence, 2) teaching, through the initiation of a flipped classroom instruction model, and 3) assessment, where she designed and implemented a robust workplace-based assessment.    

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