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The impact of Mediterranean diet adherence on medicines use pattern

Synopsis

Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) is a plant-based dietary pattern high in fruit, vegetables, legumes, wholegrains  nuts, seeds and fish, with olive oil being the main fat source. Being predominately plant-based, the MedDiet is low in saturated fat, and rich in several antioxidants. Adherence to a MedDiet has been shown to be associated with beneficial cardiometabolic and cognitive health outcomes and promotes healthy ageing. However, there is limited knowledge on the benefit of a MedDiet on reducing medicine use. Therefore, this project will explore the relationship between adherence to a MedDiet and patterns of medicine use among the Australian population.