The Nordic Network for Personalized Lifestyle Medicine (NNPLM) was established in 2013 to enhance the understanding of lifestyle medicine in Sweden. The network represents a mix of doctors, therapists, educators and health care entrepreneurs, all with an aim to provide a bridge to a more effective chronic-care model.
The initial goal was to organize the first international conference on functional medicine in Sweden in order to present an effective, systems-oriented model that enables a practical preventive care solution. We chose the comprehensive term Personalized Lifestyle Medicine for our network, as used by the PLM Institute in Seattle, established by Dr. Jeffrey Bland who also co-founded the Institute for Functional Medicine.
In May 2016 NNPLM initiated the first clinical research trial on personalized lifestyle medicine in Sweden, financed by three major Swedish insurance companies, EuroAccident, Länsförsäkringar, and Skandia, and led by professor Kerstin Brismar.
The study is a pilot designed to test the feasibility and acceptability of a personalized intervention program of lifestyle changes in patients with treatment-resistant debilitating primary hypothyroidism.
The hypothesis is that the clinical symptomatology and functional level will improve in the patients participating in an individualized therapeutic program including dietary changes, nutritional supplements, stress management exercises and physical activity.