Physical activity for a long and healthy life (FINE)

The aim of Project FINE was to identify factors that determine an individual's innate insulin sensitivity, and to investigate the effects of physical exercise on insulin sensitivity and energy balance as well as other metabolic parameters of health. 

The knowledge obtained through the project could in the long term become diagnostically and therapeutically important for prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases and lead to the development of suitable pharmaceuticals.

Project FINE was an interdisciplinary collaboration between four faculties at the University of Copenhagen and two hospitals in the Capital Region of Denmark. The clinical part of the project ran from December 2009 to July 2011.

Perspectives for Project FINE

Overweight can lead to obesity, and obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes, which has many serious complications, including cardiovascular disease. This downward spiral can and must be stopped; thus, it is important to learn how effective physical exercise can be in reducing overweight, and what mechanisms are behind this. The knowledge gained can be communicated to the population, and this will hopefully help to stop the obesity epidemic and its associated complications. In the longer term, the research may reveal "targets" that can be used in the development of preventative medicines.


















































































































Project leader

Bente Merete Stallknecht
Prorector, Professor

Phone +45 3532 7540