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Study 2-Relationship between diet quality index and incident NCDs: 1973-78 cohort [Part of the student's PhD project; Dietary exposure and NCD mortality and multimorbidity]


Unhealthy diet has been identified as a major modifiable risk factor for prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Diet quality, measuring a range of foods, food groups, and/or nutrients, has been widely applied in studies relating NCD mortality. Limited work currently exists regarding the investigation of unhealthy diet and multimorbidity, defined as the presence of two or more chronic medical conditions. Given that NCD mortality and multimorbidity increase with age, especially among women, this program of work aims to understand the association between diet quality and NCDs (including multimorbidity) and all-cause mortality among the 1973-78 ALSWH cohort.