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The role of diet in diseases related to inflammation

Research project Inflammation has been associated with many chronic diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, insulin resistance, and tooth loss. Further, chronic inflammation may lead to depression and dementia. We investigate the role of diet in inflammation-related diseases, using dietary data from northern Sweden.

The importance of diet is for the risk of developing, or the possibility of inhibiting the development of various diseases is unclear. It is also unclear what is of greatest importance, overall dietary patterns or individual dietary elements and nutrients. By using already collected dietary data from northern Sweden, available through the Northern Sweden Diet Database (NSDD), we are therefore studying this.

Head of project

Lena Maria Nilsson
Project manager, project coordinator, other position

Project overview

Project period:

2014-01-01 2030-11-26

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine

Research area

Cancer, Public health and health care science

Project description

We combine dietary data from northern Sweden with records of mortality and morbidity in the above-mentioned diseases. We also look at data on inflammation and metabolic markers in the blood of the participants. Since no researcher will have access to neither social security number nor date of birth, and since all results will be presented at group level, no one who participated in any of the research projects included in the Northern Sweden Diet Database, i.e. Västerbotten's health surveys and MONICA, will be able to be recognized as

an individual in this project.
We will report the results of the project on the Umeå University website, or in another suitable forum. The results will also be published in international scientific journals.

The project has been reviewed and approved by the Ethical Review Board in Umeå, file number 2013 / 332-31. The project also has links to the previously approved project "Sami lifestyle and health" (file number 2010-196-32).
Umeå University is responsible for data protection, 090-786 68 30.

Latest update: 2022-03-25