Special Issue "Lifestyle Intervention for Chronic Diseases Prevention"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jaakko Tuomilehto
Center for Vascular Prevention, Danube University Krems, Krems, Austria
Website: http://www.donau-uni.ac.at/en/universitaet/whois/05894/index.php
E-Mail: jaakko.tuomilehto@donau-uni.ac.at
Interests: diabetes; prevention; epidemiology; cardiovascular disease; controlled trials; risk prediction

Associate Editor
Dr. Noël Christopher Barengo
University of Tolima Ibagué, Tolima, Colombia
E-Mail: noel.barengo@gmail.com
Phone: +57-300-306-5415

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The global burden and threat of non-communicable diseases constitute a major challenge for development in the twenty-first century, one that undermines social and economic development throughout the world and threatens the achievement of internationally-agreed development goals in low-income and middle-income countries. An estimated 36 million deaths, or 63% of the 57 million deaths that occurred globally in 2008, were due to non-communicable diseases, comprising mainly cardiovascular diseases (48%), cancers (21%), chronic respiratory diseases (12%) and diabetes (3.5%). Diabetes, in particular, represents one of the biggest challenges, since its prevalence has increased dramatically during the last decades, and the number of people with diabetes is estimated to increase from current 336 million to 552 million by 2030. The efforts to prevent non-communicable diseases need to start as early as possible and address all susceptibility factors.

Lifestyle interventions have shown to be effective in the prevention of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases. New technologies may offer innovative approaches in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention that may reach more people than current interventions.

This special issue has a focus on challenges and solutions of lifestyle interventions for diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, with the goal to share scientific knowledge on how we can reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases through lifestyle interventions at both the population level and in people at high risk. Both empirical and review paper submissions are welcome. Papers on innovative interventions to prevent non-communicable diseases are especially encouraged.

Prof. Dr. Jaakko O. Tuomilehto
Dr. Noël C. Barengo
Guest Editors


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  • non-communicable diseases
  • prevention
  • intervention
  • lifestyle
  • technologies

Published Papers (4 papers)

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(4), 3586-3598; doi:10.3390/ijerph110403586
Received: 4 February 2014; in revised form: 3 March 2014 / Accepted: 17 March 2014 / Published: 28 March 2014
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(3), 2683-2697; doi:10.3390/ijerph110302683
Received: 15 January 2014; in revised form: 17 February 2014 / Accepted: 18 February 2014 / Published: 4 March 2014
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(2), 2092-2107; doi:10.3390/ijerph110202092
Received: 24 December 2013; in revised form: 29 January 2014 / Accepted: 7 February 2014 / Published: 19 February 2014
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(11), 5683-5696; doi:10.3390/ijerph10115683
Received: 27 July 2013; in revised form: 9 October 2013 / Accepted: 22 October 2013 / Published: 31 October 2013
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Last update: 7 May 2013

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