Emily Sonestedt holds a MSc in Nutrition from Stockholm University (2003), a PhD in Public Health and Nutritional Epidemiology from Lund University (2009). Since 2015, Emily is an associate professor (docent) in Nutritional Epidemiology. In 2017, Emily became the head of the Nutritional Epidemiology research group and is currently the formal main supervisor of four PhD students.
Emily was the chairperson of the carbohydrate expert group on the revision of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations where a systematic literature review was performed on sugar and health effects (Sonestedt et al, 2012). In 2010, Emily joined the lab of Professor Ronald Krauss in Oakland (California, USA) as a visiting researcher. To this date, Emily has 149 publications in international peer-reviewed journals (16 as a fist author and 12 as senior last author) with an h-index of 38. Emily is currently involved in several high impact international collaborations, including NCD risk factor collaboration, CHARGE, EPIC and STROBE-nut.
Already during her PhD, Emily had a strong research interest in carbohydrate quality, fiber, and the influence of microbiota on health. The title of Emily’s thesis was “Plant foods, plasma enterolactone and breast cancer – with a focus on estrogen receptor status and genetic variation” (PI: Elisabet Wirfält). Emily gained extensive knowledge in genetic studies and changed focus from breast cancer to cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes, during her postdoctoral fellowship in Professor Marju Orho-Melander’s research group.
- Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in Close Proximity to the <em>Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 (FGF21)</em> Gene Found to Be Associated with Sugar Intake in a Swedish PopulationHereditary mechanisms are partially responsible for individual differences in sensitivity to and the preference for sweet taste. The primary aim of this study was to examine the associations between 10 genetic variants and the intake of total sugar, added sugar, and sugars with sweet taste (i.e., monosaccharides and sucrose) in a […]
- Effect of AMY1 copy number variation and various doses of starch intake on glucose homeostasis: data from a cross-sectional observational study and a crossover meal studyCONCLUSIONS: Starch intake modified the observed association between AMY1 CNV and fasting glucose and BMI. Furthermore, depending on the starch dose, a higher postprandial glucose and insulin response was observed in individuals with high AMY1 CN than in those with low AMY1 CN.
- CONCLUSIONS: We developed a new dietary index to investigate adherence to the EAT-Lancet diet. The findings indicate a 25% lower risk of mortality among those with the highest adherence to the EAT-Lancet diet, as defined using our index, which adds to the evidence base for the development of sustainable dietary guidelines.
- Leisure-time physical activities and the risk of cardiovascular mortality in the Malmö diet and Cancer studyCONCLUSIONS: Moderate- and high-intensity leisure-time physical activities reduced the risk of cardiovascular mortality. With regard to total leisure-time physical activity, the largest risk reduction was observed for 15-25 MET-h/week (equivalent to walking for approximately 5 h/week).
- Polyphenol Intake and Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Risk in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) StudyDespite some epidemiological evidence on the protective effects of polyphenol intake on epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) risk from case-control studies, the evidence is scarce from prospective studies and non-existent for several polyphenol classes. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the associations between the intake of total, classes and subclasses of polyphenols and […]
- Worldwide trends in hypertension prevalence and progress in treatment and control from 1990 to 2019: a pooled analysis of 1201 population-representative studies with 104 million participantsBACKGROUND: Hypertension can be detected at the primary health-care level and low-cost treatments can effectively control hypertension. We aimed to measure the prevalence of hypertension and progress in its detection, treatment, and control from 1990 to 2019 for 200 countries and territories.
- CONCLUSION: Obesity, higher alcohol and heme iron consumption were the main risk factors for excess iron in males while only age was associated with iron overload in females. Weight control and promoting healthy lifestyle may help prevent iron overload, especially in obese people. Further research is needed to clarify determinants of […]
- Association between Sugar Intake and Intima Media Thickness as a Marker for Atherosclerosis: A Cross-Sectional Study in the Malmö Diet and Cancer Study (Sweden)It has been suggested that sugar intake may play a role in the development of atherosclerosis. However, studies on this matter are lacking. Intima media thickness (IMT) is a well-established measurement of subclinical atherosclerosis. This study aimed to investigate the cross-sectional association between sugar intake (i.e., added, free and total sugar […]
- Dietary Data in the Malmö Offspring Study-Reproducibility, Method Comparison and Validation against Objective BiomarkersIrregular dietary intakes impairs estimations from food records. Biomarkers and method combinations can be used to improve estimates. Our aim was to examine reproducibility from two assessment methods, compare them, and validate intakes against objective biomarkers. We used the Malmö Offspring Study (55% women, 18-71 y) with data from a 4-day […]
- Novel Biomarkers of Habitual Alcohol Intake and Associations With Risk of Pancreatic and Liver Cancers and Liver Disease MortalityCONCLUSIONS: 2-hydroxy-3-methylbutyric acid is a candidate biomarker of habitual alcohol intake that may advance the study of alcohol and cancer risk in population-based studies.
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