Andreas Stomby

Adjunct Associate Professor, Docent

My research focus is on the negative effects of stress. Primarily in relation to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, I'm leading projects with the aim to improve the diabetes care using digital platforms, so called mHealth applications.

Stress – an important risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease? 

Hallmarks of the modern society includes a constant flow of information, a large amount of social interactions and an increased integration between work and leisure time.

These factors causes stress, and stress-related diseases are a major problem in the modern society. Stress causes activation of the body’s stress systems which results in release of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is accumulated in hair. A hair samples can therefore be seen as a mirror, reflecting the amount of stress an individual has been exposed to last months. The aim of my research is to evaluate whether this type of stress increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes type 2. Furthermore, I am responsible for the development and scientific evaluation of a digital platform to treat diabetes type 2 in the primary health care. The aim is to develop a tool that can help patients with diabetes to take control over their disease by improving lifestyle and thereby reduce the risk of developing diabetes-related complications. This project is a national collaboration between three healthcare regions in Sweden. 

Short texts


  • Resident Physician in General Practice (2018-)
  • Intern Physician (2015-2018)
  • PhD in Medicine, Umeå University (2015)
  • Medical Doctor, Umeå University (2013)


  • Medical Programme, Linköping University

Other assignments

  • Representative in the Scientific Board of the Swedish Association of General Practice



Frida Jarl, Anna Davelid, Katarina Hedin, Andreas Stomby, Christina Petersson (2023) Overcoming the struggle of living with type 2 diabetes - diabetes specialist nurses and patients perspectives on digital interventions BMC Health Services Research, Vol. 23, Article 313 Continue to DOI


Mikaela Roginski, Dimitra Sifaki-Pistolla, Andreas Stomby, Georgia Velivasaki, Tomas Faresjö, Christos Lionis, Åshild Olsen Faresjö (2022) Paradoxes of breast cancer incidence and mortality in two corners of Europe BMC Cancer, Vol. 22, Article 1123 Continue to DOI
Anna Rosen, Julia Otten, Andreas Stomby, Simon Vallin, Patrik Wennberg, Mattias Brunstrom (2022) Oral glucose tolerance testing as a complement to fasting plasma glucose in screening for type 2 diabetes: population-based cross-sectional analyses of 146 000 health examinations in Vasterbotten, Sweden BMJ Open, Vol. 12, Article e062172 Continue to DOI
Andreas Stomby, Susanna Strömberg, Elvar Theodorsson, Åshild Olsen Faresjö, Mike Jones, Tomas Faresjö (2022) Standard Modifiable Cardiovascular Risk Factors Mediate the Association Between Elevated Hair Cortisol Concentrations and Coronary Artery Disease Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, Vol. 8, Article 765000 Continue to DOI


Jenny Huynh, Neshro Barmano, Jan-Erik Karlsson, Andreas Stomby (2021) Sex and age differences in the incidence of acute myocardial infarction during the COVID-19 pandemic in a Swedish health-care region without lockdown: a retrospective cohort study Lancet Healthy Longevity, Vol. 2, p. E283-E289 Continue to DOI