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Being healthy up-north
Come listen to researchers presenting their project and ask them your questions! 
Wednesday 19th May 2021
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Health up north: trends over time

Tromsø is a University City up North – with a population of 77000 inhabitants living in an Arctic Urban environment in Northern Norway.  The Tromsø Study has monitored the population health over time, from the epidemic of cardiovascular disease in the 1970ies to today’s new health challenges.

I will present key findings and research highlights from the Tromsø Study - from past to present.

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Laila A. Hopstock 

Researcher, UiT


Marie Wasmuth Lundblad

PhD, UiT

The obesity epidemic and body composition

The obesity epidemic is a worldwide health challenge. Today, more than 1.9 billion adults is overweight or obese. Obesity leads to health consequences for both individuals and societies.  Your amount of body fat and where your body fat is accumulated is important for your health. Abdominal fat (visceral adipose tissue) is the most metabolically harmful type of fat, leading to increased risk for diabetes and other cardio-metabolic diseases.

I will present new research results from the large comprehensive Tromsø Study, where abdominal fat have been examined in 3700 adult women and men.


Dina B. Berg Stensen

PhD, UiT

Fit Futures: Does «the pill» increase your risk of infection?"
Fit Futures ( is a large longitudinal population-based study of lifestyle and health among youths in Tromsø. The first wave invited all first year high school students in 2010-2011 and the second wave the same cohort in 2012-2013. The third wave of Fit Futures is on-going now, in 2021, including the same cohort of young adults.

The aim of the Fit Futures study is to get new knowledge about young people’s health and lifestyle. An important issue is how to promote good health and prevent disease.

Bacteria can be both friend and foe. Some of them protect you or help you digest food, some are dangerous and can make you ill. Staphylococci are both, they can make you very ill, but they can also be present on your mucosa without you knowing. About 20% are carriers of this bacteria, and if you are a carrier, your risk of infection is higher. Hormonal contraceptives are widely used and have been for more than 60 years. Many side-effects has already been registered, but does “the pill” alter your risk of bacterial carriage?

I will present information about the largest youth health survey in North-Norway, and present results from the study of hormonal contraceptives and bacterial carriage in this youth population

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