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Lena Maria Nilsson

My main research interest is temporal changes in Arctic/ Sami lifestyle factors from a food security perspective, and as triggers of low-grade inflammation and common uncommunicable diseases.

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Affiliated as other position at Department of Epidemiology and Global Health
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Affiliated as other position at Várdduo-Centre för Sámi Research
Affiliation
Research coordinator at Várdduo-Centre för Sámi Research

Sami peoples have a similar life expectancy as the majority of Arctic Fennoscandia. From a global perspective this lack of health gap is unique. The obvious question is: Why? Are there hidden health factors imbedded in the old Sami culture?
Significant for a traditional Sami lifestyle is carbohydrate restricted diets, rich in animal food sources, wild berries and plant food, consumption of boiled, unfiltered coffee, extensive physical activity and a daily spirituality. I study temporal changes in these lifestyle factors from a food security perspective and as triggers of low-grade inflammation and related uncommunicable diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, and auto-immune diseases.
The dietary database of the Northern Sweden Health and Disease Study (NSHDS) is the base for a major part of the research described above. Within this cohort, data on individual anthropometrics, diet and lifestyle are available from more than 100 000 unique individuals from this Arctic population.
Since it is well recognized that dietary patterns in Sweden differs by latitude, Sweden is represented by both the NSHDS cohort and a cohort from southern Sweden (Malmö) in a large European collaboration (EPIC), which I am involved in.
In the Nordic Helga consortium, a Traditional Sami Diet Score, a low-carbohydrate and high-protein (LCHP) diet and a Healthy Nordic Diet (HND) has been examined in a similar way as the Mediterranean diet. Only the HND has shown to be a valid model for healthy eating.
Cancer risk patterns differ for drip-filtered coffee and traditional boiled un-filtered coffee. This can be due to chemical differences, but may also be an effect of hidden life-style elements.
A recently developed Dietary Inflammation Index, adapted to the population of Arctic Sweden, will soon be examined in relation to myocardial infarction and colorectal cancer, in a PhD project, which I am involved in.
Food security I study together with researchers connected to the Arctic Counsel and together with an international research team coordinated by the Arctic research centre in Rovaniemi.

Food Security in the High North: contemporary challenges across the circumpolar region, Abingdon: Routledge 2021 : 1-12
Hossain, Kamrul; Nilsson, Lena Maria; Herrmann, Thora Martina
Food Security in the High North: contemporary challenges across the circumpolar region, Abingdon: Routledge 2021 : 203-218
Nilsson, Lena Maria
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI 2021, Vol. 18, (2)
Rautio, Arja; Kukarenko, Natalia; Nilsson, Lena Maria; et al.
Polar Record, Cambridge University Press 2020, Vol. 56
Carson, Dean B.; Nilsson, Lena Maria; Carson, Doris A.
International Journal of Cancer, John Wiley & Sons 2020, Vol. 147, (3) : 648-661
Kliemann, Nathalie; Murphy, Neil; Viallon, Vivian; et al.
Skogssamisk vilja: en jubileumsantologi om skriften "Dat läh mijen situd", Karin Stenberg och skogssamisk historia och nutid, Umeå: Várdduo, centrum för samisk forskning 2020 : 251-266
Nilsson, Lena Maria; Nilsson, Aina
Nutrition and Cancer, Taylor & Francis 2020, Vol. 72, (3) : 409-420
Nilsson, Lena Maria; Winkvist, Anna; Esberg, Anders; et al.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Oxford University Press 2020, Vol. 112, (3) : 631-643
Sieri, Sabina; Agnoli, Claudia; Grioni, Sara; et al.
European Journal of Nutrition, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg 2020, Vol. 59, (2) : 813-823
Solans, Marta; Benavente, Yolanda; Saez, Marc; et al.
Journal of Crohn's & Colitis, Oxford University Press 2020, Vol. 14 : S447-S447
Widbom, Lovisa; Hultdin, Johan; Ekblom, K.; et al.
Skogssamisk vilja: en jubileumsantologi om skriften "Dat läh mijen situd", Karin Stenberg och skogssamisk historia och nutid, Ubmeje/Umeå: Várdduo - Centrum för samisk forskning 2020 : 1-8
Össbo, Åsa; Marklund, Bertil; Nilsson, Lena Maria; et al.
PLOS ONE, Vol. 14, (4)
Bodén, Stina; Myte, Robin; Wennberg, Maria; et al.
Nutrients, MDPI 2019, Vol. 11, (284)
Johansson, Ingegerd; Esberg, Anders; Nilsson, Lena Maria; et al.
Circulation, Wolters Kluwer 2019, Vol. 139, (25) : 2835-2845
Key, Timothy J.; Appleby, Paul N.; Bradbury, Kathryn E.; et al.
International Journal of Cancer, John Wiley & Sons 2019, Vol. 144, (2) : 240-250
Sen, Abhijit; Papadimitriou, Nikos; Lagiou, Pagona; et al.
International Journal of Cancer, John Wiley & Sons 2019, Vol. 145, (1) : 122-131
Solans, Marta; Benavente, Yolanda; Saez, Marc; et al.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, American Society for Nutrition 2018, Vol. 107, (4) : 607-616
Agudo, Antonio; Cayssials, Valerie; Bonet, Catalina; et al.
British Journal of Nutrition, Cambridge University Press 2018, Vol. 119, (12) : 1408-1415
Asli, Lene A.; Braaten, Tonje; Olsen, Anja; et al.
International Journal of Cancer, John Wiley & Sons 2018, Vol. 142, (7) : 1332-1342
Dossus, Laure; Franceschi, Silvia; Biessy, Carine; et al.
Nutrition Journal, BioMed Central 2018, Vol. 17
Johansson, Ingegerd; Nilsson, Lena Maria; Esberg, Anders; et al.
European Journal of Epidemiology, Springer 2018, Vol. 33, (3) : 287-302
Lukic, Marko; Nilsson, Lena Maria; Skeie, Guri; et al.
Nutritional and health aspects of food in Nordic countries, London: Elsevier 2018 : 179-195
Nilsson, Lena Maria
International Journal of Cancer, John Wiley & Sons 2018, Vol. 143, (11) : 2677-2686
Perez-Cornago, Aurora; Appleby, Paul N.; Boeing, Heiner; et al.
European Journal of Epidemiology, Springer Netherlands 2018, Vol. 33, (11) : 1063-1075
Zamora-Ros, Raul; Cayssials, Valerie; Jenab, Mazda; et al.
Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, Vol. 43, (3-4) : 215-227
Berendsen, Agnes A M; Kang, Jae H; van de Rest, Ondine; et al.
Nutrition Journal, BioMed Central 2017, Vol. 16
Bodén, Stina; Wennberg, Maria; Van Guelpen, Bethany; et al.
International Journal of Cancer, Vol. 140, (10) : 2246-2255
Caini, Saverio; Masala, Giovanna; Saieva, Calogero; et al.
Human Molecular Genetics, Oxford University Press 2017, Vol. 26, (16) : 3221-3231
Ek, Weronica E.; Tobi, Elmar W.; Ahsan, Muhammad; et al.
Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 167, (4) : 236-247
Gunter, Marc J.; Murphy, Neil; Cross, Amanda J..; et al.
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 71, (3) : 407-419
Orfanos, P.; Naska, A.; Rodrigues, S.; et al.
International Journal of Cancer, Vol. 140, (2) : 316-321
Romieu, Isabelle; Ferrari, Pietro; Chajès, Veronique; et al.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, AMER SOC NUTRITION-ASN 2017, Vol. 105, (6) : 1502-1511
Tognon, Gianluca; Nilsson, Lena M.; Shungin, Dmitry; et al.
Publications from Arctic Research Centre, 6
van der Watt, Lize-Marié; Nilsson, Lena Maria
International Journal of Cancer, Vol. 140, (8) : 1836-1844
Zamora-Ros, Raul; Barupal, Dinesh K.; Rothwell, Joseph A.; et al.
Settlements at the edge: remote human settlements in developed nations, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing 2016 : 357-378
Carson, Dean B; Sköld, Peter; Carson, Doris A.; et al.
PLOS ONE, Vol. 11, (7)
Lassale, Camille; Gunter, Marc J.; Romaguera, Dora; et al.
Nordisk Nutrition, SNF Swedish Nutrition Foundation 2016, (2) : 27-29
Nilsson, Lena Maria
European Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 31, (4) : 405-414
Skeie, Guri; Braaten, Tonje; Olsen, Anja; et al.
European Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 55, (1) : 7-20
Stepien, Magdalena; Duarte-Salles, Talita; Fedirko, Veronika; et al.
European Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 55, (4) : 1359-1375
Zamora-Ros, Raul; Knaze, Viktoria; Rothwell, Joseph A.; et al.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, American Society for Nutrition 2015, Vol. 102, (6) : 1498-1508
Aleksandrova, Krasimira; Bamia, Christina; Drogan, Dagmar; et al.

Research projects

1 January 2020 until 31 December 2021
1 January 2014 until 26 November 2030