Preventing Chronic Diseases

Nutritionist and epidemiologist Eric Ding, PhD, discusses the challenges of chronic disease prevention, as well as his research on cocoa

By Karolyn A. Gazella

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Harvard researcher Eric Ding, PhD, provides an overview of his recent analysis of 21 studies involving cocoa that was presented recently at the American Heart Association Conference. He also discusses cocoa dosage, disease prevention, and cancer.


Approximate listening time is 40 minutes.
Eric Ding, PhD, a nutritionist and epidemiologist, is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, and founder and director of the Campaign for Cancer Prevention. His research primarily focuses on obesity and nutritional risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, as well as translation for population prevention, economics, public policy, and global health. After completing his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University with honors in public health and election to Phi Beta Kappa, he earned his dual doctorate in epidemiology and nutrition at from Harvard University. In 2004, for his tobacco control initiatives, he received the Health Commissioner's Commendation Award from the Baltimore City Health Department. A lifelong cancer prevention advocate, he founded the Campaign for Cancer Prevention, currently with over 6 million members.


About the Author

Karolyn A. Gazella has been writing and publishing integrative health information since 1992. She is the publisher of the Natural Medicine Journal and the author or coauthor of hundreds of articles and several booklets and books on the topic of integrative health. Gazella is the cocreator and chief executive officer of the iTHRIVE Plan, an innovative online wellness program specifically for cancer survivors. She also cohosts the popular podcast for patients, Five to Thrive Live, and hosts the Natural Medicine Journal podcast for integrative healthcare professionals.