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University Medical Center Groningen

Lifestyle medicine in obesity & diabetes


To discover how diet and physical activity can help to prevent, care and cure chronic diseases.


Diet and physical activity can have a major impact on chronic diseases, in terms of prevention, delaying disease onset, or relieving the burden of disease. We study the role of these lifestyle factors, primarily in humans, using observational studies and lifestyle interventions. As outcomes, we study weight gain and obesity, glucose metabolism and diabetes type 2, major chronic diseases, and mortality. We look at associations between these factors from different perspectives: how do such associations change with age, or with severity of illness? Are they influenced by gender, socio-economic status, or region of residence?

Senior staff
Name Title e-mail address Topic
Eva Corpeleijn (unit chair) Associate professor e.corpeleijn Lifestyle and metabolism
Daan Kromhout Professor d.kromhout Nutrition and cardiovascular disease
Marloes Cardol Data manage m.cardol GECKO Drenthe birth cohort
PhD fellows Collaboration
Oyuntugs ByamBasukh Mongolian Government, GSMS o.byambasukh Body composition and health over the life course
Silvia Brouwer In collaboration with Hanze University of Applied Sciences s.i.brouwer Lifestyle and cardometabolic health in children
Gerald Klaassen Nephrology, UMCG g.klaassen Lifestyle in renal patients
Congchao Lu In collaboration with Tianjin Medical University Physical activity and health in Chinese and Dutch children.
Maryse Osté Nephrology, UMCG m.c.j.oste Diet and health in kidney patients
Petra Vinke Nephrology, UMCG p.c.vinke Dietary patterns and health
Rikstje Wiersma Movement Sciences r.wiersma Physical activity in young children
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