Diet and nutrient intakes among patients with type 1 diabetes – a Finnish multicenter study

The prevalence of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) in Finland is among the highest in the world. Diabetic complications are associated with hyperglycemia but environmental – including diet – and genetic factors markedly modify the risk. Data on the food and nutrient intakes of adult T1DM patients is scarce and the associations between diet and diabetic complications are still poorly known.

The Finnish Diabetic Nephropathy Study (FinnDiane), directed by Adjunct Professor Per-Henrik Groop at the Folkhälsan Research Center, aims at identification of clinical, genetic and cellular risk factors for the development of diabetic complications. So far, about 4700 adult adult T1DM patients have participated in the cross-sectional part of the study. In the nutritional part of the study, we collect information on the food and nutrient intakes of adult Finnish patients with T1DM and study the associations between diet and other risk factors of diabetic complications.

Principal investigator: Riitta Freese

Research group: , DSc; Vera Mikkilä, DSc; doctoral student Aila Ahola

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