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About me

I am a PhD student in epidemiology writing a thesis on influence of alcohol consumption and tobacco use on the risk of diabetes with special focus on an autoimmune form of diabetes called LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes adults). My main research interests are  epidemiology, public health, and nutrition. 


2012 Registered as PhD student in Epidemiology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

2011 MSc. Public health nutrition, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

2003 B.S. Nutrition sciences, Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Research description

The aim of the project is to investigate the influence of tobacco use and alcohol consumption on the risk of LADA and type 2 diabetes, with the overall aim of identifying lifestyle factors that can be used to prevent the disease. The project is based two large population-based studies of autoimmune diabetes, the Norwegian HUNT study, and a new Swedish case-control study of LADA-ESTRID (epidemiological study of risk factors for LADA and type 2 diabetes).

Autoimmune diabetes in adults may be the most common form of autoimmune diabetes, accounting for about 10% of all diabetes in adults, including of two subgroups: conventional type 1 diabetes and a slow-progressing form referred to as latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA). Diabetes is one of the world’s fastest growing diseases. Both type 2 diabetes and autoimmune diabetes is increasing, a doubling the number of new cases of autoimmune diabetes is predicted over the next 20 years. The findings indicate that type 2 diabetes is largely preventable with modifying lifestyle factors. The causes of autoimmune diabetes are less clear and it remains largely unknown how the diseases can be prevented. An important step towards successful prevention of autoimmune diabetes is identification of common, modifiable risk factors in the population.

Selected publications:

  • Rasouli B, Andersson T, Carlsson P.O, Dorkhan M., Grill V, Groop L, Martinell M, Tuomi T, Carlsson S. )  Alcohol and the risk for LADA: results based on the Swedish ESTRID study. European Journal of Endicrionolgy (EJE) 2014. In press.
  • Rasouli B, Grill V, Midthjell K, Ahlbom A, Andersson T, Carlsson S. Smoking is associated with reduced risk of autoimmune diabetes in adults contrasting with increased risk in overweight men with type 2 diabetes: a 22-year follow-up of the HUNT study. Diabetes Care. 2013;36(3):604-10.

  • Rasouli B, Ahlbom A, Andersson T, Grill V, Midthjell K, Olsson L, et al. Alcohol consumption is associated with reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes and autoimmune diabetes in adults: results from the Nord-Trondelag health study. Diabet Med. 2013;30(1):56-64.

Academic honors, awards and prizes

Young Investigators Award, Scandinavian Society for the Study of Diabetes (SSSD), 2013


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