Facts about lifestyle-related diseases

The purpose of a lot of CERG's research is to uncover how to treat and prevent major societal health problems, such as obesity and cardiovascular disease. We approach the issues from multiple angles, ranging from large epidemiological studies to studying the molecular mechanisms activated by physical training. 

These pages contain more information about how lifestyle-related diseases affect us all, how they manifest, and what the individual can do to reduce their personal risk. You will find facts with references to original sources, and explanations aimed at the general public – not just professionals and researchers. 

State of the Heart

Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease is a frequent cause of death, responsible for 2 of 5 Norwegian deaths. Respectively 9 and 15 Norwegians die from stroke and heart attack daily. There are many types of cardiovascular diseases, each with different underlying causes and risk profiles. In Norway, stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, heart failure and angina pectoris are the most common ones.

Read more about cardiovascular disease

Inactivity – a public health problem


The lack of physical activity plays an important part in many lifestyle-related diseases. Inactivity can be considered an independent risk factor of the same magnitude as hypertension, smoking and an unhealthy cholesterol profile. Inactivity causes many needless deaths every year, and can be considered one of the silent killers of our time.

Read more about inactivity

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