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Lena Maria Nilsson

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

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Affiliation
Location
Norra Beteendevetarhuset, Humanioragränd, plan 4 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå
Affiliation
Affiliated as other position at Centre for Sami Research (Cesam) - Vaartoe
Location
YA, Norra Beteendevetarhuset, 4 tr Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå
Affiliation
Affiliated as other position at Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine Units: Nutritional Research
Location
5A, 4 trappor, Norrlands universitetssjukhus Umeå universitet, by1a, B41, NUS, 901 85 Umeå

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.

2019
PLoS ONE, Vol. 14, (4)
Bodén, Stina; Myte, Robin; Wennberg, Maria; et al.
2019
Nutrients, MDPI 2019, Vol. 11, (284)
Johansson, Ingegerd; Esberg, Anders; Nilsson, Lena Maria; et al.
2019
Circulation, Wolters Kluwer 2019, Vol. 139, (25) : 2835-2845
Key, Timothy J.; Appleby, Paul N.; Bradbury, Kathryn E.; et al.
2019
Nutrition and Cancer
Nilsson, Lena Maria; Winkvist, Anna; Esberg, Anders; et al.
2019
International Journal of Cancer, John Wiley & Sons 2019, Vol. 144, (2) : 240-250
Sen, Abhijit; Papadimitriou, Nikos; Lagiou, Pagona; et al.
2019
European Journal of Nutrition
Solans, Marta; Benavente, Yolanda; Saez, Marc; et al.
2019
International Journal of Cancer, John Wiley & Sons 2019, Vol. 145, (1) : 122-131
Solans, Marta; Benavente, Yolanda; Saez, Marc; et al.
2018
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, American Society for Nutrition 2018, Vol. 107, (4) : 607-616
Agudo, Antonio; Cayssials, Valerie; Bonet, Catalina; et al.
2018
British Journal of Nutrition, Cambridge University Press 2018, Vol. 119, (12) : 1408-1415
Asli, Lene A.; Braaten, Tonje; Olsen, Anja; et al.
2018
International Journal of Cancer, John Wiley & Sons 2018, Vol. 142, (7) : 1332-1342
Dossus, Laure; Franceschi, Silvia; Biessy, Carine; et al.
2018
Nutrition Journal, BioMed Central 2018, Vol. 17
Johansson, Ingegerd; Nilsson, Lena Maria; Esberg, Anders; et al.
2018
European Journal of Epidemiology, Springer 2018, Vol. 33, (3) : 287-302
Lukic, Marko; Nilsson, Lena Maria; Skeie, Guri; et al.
2018
Nutritional and health aspects of food in Nordic countries, London: Elsevier 2018 : 179-195
Nilsson, Lena Maria
2018
International Journal of Cancer, John Wiley & Sons 2018, Vol. 143, (11) : 2677-2686
Perez-Cornago, Aurora; Appleby, Paul N.; Boeing, Heiner; et al.
2018
European Journal of Epidemiology, Springer Netherlands 2018, Vol. 33, (11) : 1063-1075
Zamora-Ros, Raul; Cayssials, Valerie; Jenab, Mazda; et al.
2017
Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, Vol. 43, (3-4) : 215-227
Berendsen, Agnes A M; Kang, Jae H; van de Rest, Ondine; et al.
2017
Nutrition Journal, Vol. 16
Bodén, Stina; Wennberg, Maria; Van Guelpen, Bethany; et al.
2017
International Journal of Cancer, Vol. 140, (10) : 2246-2255
Caini, Saverio; Masala, Giovanna; Saieva, Calogero; et al.
2017
Human Molecular Genetics, Oxford University Press 2017, Vol. 26, (16) : 3221-3231
Ek, Weronica E.; Tobi, Elmar W.; Ahsan, Muhammad; et al.
2017
Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 167, (4) : 236-247
Gunter, Marc J.; Murphy, Neil; Cross, Amanda J..; et al.
2017
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 71, (3) : 407-419
Orfanos, P.; Naska, A.; Rodrigues, S.; et al.
2017
International Journal of Cancer, Vol. 140, (2) : 316-321
Romieu, Isabelle; Ferrari, Pietro; Chajès, Veronique; et al.
2017
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, AMER SOC NUTRITION-ASN 2017, Vol. 105, (6) : 1502-1511
Tognon, Gianluca; Nilsson, Lena M.; Shungin, Dmitry; et al.
2017
Publications from Arctic Research Centre, 6
van der Watt, Lize-Marié; Nilsson, Lena Maria
2017
International Journal of Cancer, Vol. 140, (8) : 1836-1844
Zamora-Ros, Raul; Barupal, Dinesh K.; Rothwell, Joseph A.; et al.
2016
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.
2016
PLoS ONE, Vol. 11, (7)
Lassale, Camille; Gunter, Marc J.; Romaguera, Dora; et al.
2016
Nordisk Nutrition, SNF Swedish Nutrition Foundation 2016, (2) : 27-29
Nilsson, Lena Maria
2016
European Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 31, (4) : 405-414
Skeie, Guri; Braaten, Tonje; Olsen, Anja; et al.
2016
European Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 55, (1) : 7-20
Stepien, Magdalena; Duarte-Salles, Talita; Fedirko, Veronika; et al.
2016
European Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 55, (4) : 1359-1375
Zamora-Ros, Raul; Knaze, Viktoria; Rothwell, Joseph A.; et al.
2015
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, American Society for Nutrition 2015, Vol. 102, (6) : 1498-1508
Aleksandrova, Krasimira; Bamia, Christina; Drogan, Dagmar; et al.
2015
Dagens Nyheter
Allard, Christina; Axelsson, Per; Brännlund, Isabelle; et al.
2015
British Journal of Cancer, Vol. 112, (7) : 1273-1282
Bamia, C.; Lagiou, P.; Jenab, M.; et al.
2015
International Journal of Cancer, John Wiley & Sons 2015, Vol. 136, (8) : 1899-1908
Bamia, Christina; Lagiou, Pagona; Jenab, Mazda; et al.
2015
Breast Cancer Research, Vol. 17
Bhoo-Pathy, Nirmala; Peeters, Petra H. M.; Uiterwaal, Cuno S. P. M.; et al.
2015
Public Health Nutrition, Cambridge University Press 2015, Vol. 18, (5) : 905-915
Engeset, Dagrun; Hofoss, Dag; Nilsson, Lena Maria; et al.
2015
British Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 114, (4) : 608-623
Johnsen, Nina F.; Frederiksen, Kirsten; Christensen, Jane; et al.
2015
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, Vol. 24, (2) : 466-471
Merritt, Melissa A.; Tzoulaki, Ioanna; Tworoger, Shelley S.; et al.
2015
British Journal of Nutrition, Cambridge University Press 2015, Vol. 113, (12) : 1951-1964
Naska, Androniki; Katsoulis, Michail; Orfanos, Philippos; et al.
2015
EurSafe News, Voorburg, Netherlands: European Society of Agricultural and Food Ethics 2015, Vol. 17, (3) : 2-4
Nilsson, Lena Maria
2015
The new Arctic, Springer 2015 : 213-223
Nilsson, Lena Maria; Evengård, Birgitta

Research projects

1 January 2014 until 26 November 2030