August 2021.

About this episode:

The largely plant-based Mediterranean diet is a well-studied dietary pattern. Research tells us that following a Mediterranean dietary pattern (MDP) can significantly reduce the risk of overall mortality, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Despite the convincing evidence for its benefits, it’s not clear whether this dietary pattern is actually being recommended by Australian health professionals.

To find out, a Queensland-based research team investigated the extent to which the MDP is being incorporated into dietary consultations. They uncovered some interesting findings!

About today’s guest:

Dr Hannah Mayr is an Accredited Practising Dietitian. She has expertise as a clinical researcher in chronic disease prevention and management with a ‘food as medicine’ mantra. Her work has a focus on healthy dietary patterns, including the Mediterranean diet.

Hannah received the Dietitians Australia Early Career Researcher Award in 2018 for her PhD work. She works as a Research Dietitian at both the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Nutrition Research Australia.

Hannah collaborates with diverse teams of medical and allied health clinician researchers, and nutrition scientists. She is also a lecturer and is passionate about teaching research skills to new dietitians and educating multi-disciplinary clinicians on diet.

Dr Hannah Mayr - Mediterranean dietary pattern
Dr Hannah Mayr

Supporting resources:

Investigating whether the Mediterranean dietary pattern is integrated in routine dietetic practice for management of chronic conditions: A national survey of dietitians.

Focus on diet quality: a qualitative study of clinicians’ perspectives of use of the Mediterranean dietary pattern for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

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