Diet and the development of atherosclerosis: Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study

logoThe Department of Food and Environmental Sciences is responsible for the dietary studies in the  Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study, which is a follow-up study on coronary heart disease risk factors in childhood and youth and on the changes and clustering of these risk factors from childhood into adult age. The project is a multidisciplinary collaborative effort of five medical schools and several other scientific institutions.

Since the start of the study in 1980 dietary and nutritional studies have been an essential part in the analysis of risk factor determinants. At the baseline in 1980, the subjects were 3 to 18 years of age and these same subjects have been followed, the latest follow-up study was carried out in 2007. Using the longitudinal study design we aim to study the role of nutrition in childhood, adolescence and young adulthood in the development of adulthood coronary heart diseases. In addition, the dietary study provides detailed data on secular changes in the diet of young adult Finns, and the tracking and determinants of dietary behaviour.

Principal investigator: Vera Mikkilä
Researchers: Sanna Tolonen, Marika Laaksonen