New TiFN-project will generate valuable clues for maintaining personalised health

10 February 2017 – A well-controlled blood glucose concentration is an important factor to prevent metabolic diseases and may be related to physical and mental well-being. The new TiFN-project “The biology behind perceived benefits” will investigate the, yet unknown, underlying mechanisms and will make clear why the individual response to an intervention varies greatly. Ultimately, the knowledge generated in this project will open doors to develop more effective personalised approaches to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

People often do not perceive the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in the short term, nor the adverse effects of an unhealthy lifestyle. Furthermore, despite being compliant to lifestyle advices, the response to a lifestyle intervention varies between individuals. With this in mind, the new TiFN-project titled ‘The biology behind perceivable benefits’, aims to develop a personalised approach to optimise the positive effects of diet(ary intervention) and an active lifestyle on blood glucose control and physical and mental performance and well-being.

Project leader Prof Ellen Blaak (Maastricht University): “The first step for our team, which is composed of research groups of Maastricht University, Wageningen University, Leiden University, and Radboud University, is to unravel the relation between diet and physical activity, blood glucose concentrations and health problems. This will give us valuable clues to develop personalised strategies to maintain a well-balanced blood glucose concentration. Making the benefits of a well-balanced blood glucose concentration clear will help individuals to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We will also evaluate the application of wearables and other tools to quantify the progress of health.”

FrieslandCampina, Danone and DSM are participating in this 5.3 million euro project. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and TKI Agri&Food are  funding a part of the project costs, through the joint programme ‘System Approaches for Food and Nutrition’.

The project is closely linked to the project ‘Personalized Nutrition and Health’ which is conducted by Wageningen University and Research and TNO and is funded by Topsector Agri & Food. Blaak: “The fundamental knowledge we generate will be of great value for this project too. We agreed to stay in close contact to exchange our findings. Together we can make big steps towards a new personalised methods to stay healthy.”