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Lena Maria Nilsson

Research coordinator at Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University
Keywords: aboriginal food; nutrition; carbohydrate restriction; coffee; public Health; epidemiology; genetics; epigenetics; food security; indigenous people; climate change.

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Arctic research summary

Sami peoples have a similar life expectancy as their non-Sami neighbours. From a global perspective this lack of health gap is unique.

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.
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.

Food security I study together with researchers connected to the Arctic Counsel.

Arctic publications

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Bodén, Stina
Wennberg, Maria
Van Guelpen, Bethany; et al.

Dietary inflammatory index and risk of first myocardial infarction; a prospective population-based study.
Nutrition Journal, 16(1)

2017

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Skeie, Guri
Braaten, Tonje
Olsen, Anja; et al.

Intake of whole grains and incidence of oesophageal cancer in the HELGA Cohort
European Journal of Epidemiology, 31(4): 405-414

2016

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Nilsson, Lena Maria

Samisk kost som hälsofaktor?
Nordisk Nutrition

2016

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Carson, Dean
Sköld, Peter
Carson, Doris; et al.

The local demography of resource economies: long term implications of natural resource industries for demographic development in sparsely populated areas.

2016

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Nilsson, Lena Maria
Evengård, Birgitta

Food security or food sovereignty: what is the main issue in the Arctic?

2015

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Engeset, Dagrun
Hofoss, Dag
Nilsson, Lena Maria; et al.

Dietary patterns and whole grain cereals in the Scandinavian countries: differences and similarities. The HELGA project
Public Health Nutrition, 18(5): 905-915

2015

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Nilsson, Lena Maria

Aboriginal food security in the Arctic: a Utopia or a matter of attitude?
EurSafe News, 17(3): 2-4

2015

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Johnsen, Nina F.
Frederiksen, Kirsten
Christensen, Jane; et al.

Whole-grain products and whole-grain types are associated with lower all-cause and cause-specific mortality in the Scandinavian HELGA cohort
British Journal of Nutrition, 114(4): 608-623

2015

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Dik, Vincent K
Murphy, Neil
Siersema, Peter D; et al.

Prediagnostic intake of dairy products and dietary calcium and colorectal cancer survival-results from the EPIC Cohort Study
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 23(9): 1813-1823

2014

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Nilsson, Lena Maria

Boiled Coffee: An Arctic Example of Potential Residual and Unmeasured Confounding in Coffee Epidemiology

2014

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