Disentangling the impact of lifestyle factors on health and disease: A molecular epidemiology approach

Irma Karabegovic

Research output: Types of ThesisDoctoral ThesisInternal

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Abstract

Over the last century, our lifespan has more than doubled due to advancements in research, technology, better nutrition and medicine. However, this longer lifespan comes with a certain cost. Although we are living longer, these years of life gained are usually accompanied with presence of one or more chronic diseases. To prevent these diseases from occurring, the focus has been on healthy lifestyle factors intervention. While there is a strong link between lifestyle factors and chronic diseases, the exact mechanisms are not yet fully understood. Epigenetics, which can be affected by lifestyle factors, may play a critical role in disease risk. As a result, in this thesis I examined epigenetic mechanisms as a potential underlying link between lifestyle factors and chronic diseases. By investigating these mechanisms, a better understanding of the connection between lifestyle factors and chronic diseases can be gained, leading to improved preventative measures.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Ikram, Arfan, Supervisor
  • Ghanbari, Mohsen, Co-supervisor
Award date6 Jun 2023
Place of PublicationRotterdam
Print ISBNs978-94-6483-119-1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2023

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