Caroline Mellberg

Ph D, M.D, affiliated with the university

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
  • Psychiatry


Caroline Mellberg studies intervention and prevention of lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. For example the long-term effects of a Paleolithic diet on body weight and metabolic balance. Further, prevention of life-style related diseases through tools related to e-health is another main research interest of Caroline Mellberg.

Obesity is increasing worldwide and is a major contributor to morbidity and mortality. For example, WHO (2017) reports that overweight and obesity are major risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Once considered a problem only in high income countries, overweight and obesity are now dramatically on the rise in low- and middle-income countries.

Notably, abdominal (central) obesity carries a high risk of obesity-related diseases, while peripheral fat accumulation can act in a protective manner. A redistribution of fat from peripheral to central deposits is seen after the menopause and is associated with an increasing prevalence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A key mediator may be ectopic fat accumulation in the liver.

Professional work

Caroline Mellberg obtained a doctors degree in medicine at the department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University in 2014. The topic of her thesis was effects of diet intervention on body composition and ectopic fat accumulation in obese postmenopausal women. The study was unique in its scope, following 70 women over a period of two years.

In 2010 Caroline Mellberg completed Medical School at Umeå University following a 3-month clinical visit at the Red Cross Childrens Hospital in Cape Town, Souh Africa.

Earlier research contributions includes a study on sport-related incidents of sudden mortality in Sweden.

Recent research outputs

Jonas Andersson, Caroline Mellberg, Julia Otten, Mats Ryberg, Daniel Rinnström, Christel Larsson, Bernt Lindahl, Jon Hauksson, Bengt Johansson & Tommy Olsson, 2016 Aug 1, In: International Journal of Cardiology. 216, p. 92-6 5 p.

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