Special Issue "Diet Quality and Health Outcomes"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018).
Department of Social & Preventive Medicine, Laval University, Québec, QC, Canada
Population Health and Optimal Health Practices Research Unit, CHU de Québec – Laval University, Québec, QC, Canada
Interests: diet quality Indices; cardiometabolic diseases; aging; infant and adolescent
Studying dietary patterns rather than specific foods or nutrients that make up the diet, takes into account the synergy of foods and nutrients, rendering the approach more relevant and effective to health research. The 2013 Global Burden of Disease Study identifies poor diet quality as the primary cause of premature death worldwide. Much more attention should be given to Diet Quality Indices (DQi) and the capacity they have to better reflect the complexity of nutrition and to improve our understanding of the global role of diet in contributing to chronic disease. Several studies have found that a better diet quality, as measured by a DQi, is associated with beneficial effects in cardiometabolic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome) and cognition. DQi are practical and tangible tools reflecting the overall effect of diet—one of the most important modifiable determinants of health. Moreover, they lend themselves well to the identification of effective messages for communications purposes, enable tracing of population trends, and comparison of disparities by socio-demographic characteristics. To do so well, however, DQi must be able to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy foods and to rigorously assess associations with health outcomes. To this end, more research is needed on DQIs, particularly in infant and adolescent populations.
Dr. Michel Lucas
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- Diet quality Indices
- Diet pattern
- Cardiometabolic diseases
- Infant and adolescent