Investigators: A/Prof Jon Adams (CI), A/Prof Alex Broom, Dr Chi-Wai Lui, Prof David Sibbritt, Dr Jon Wardle.

The use of complementary and alternative medicine — including dietary or nutritional supplements — has attained mainstream status in contemporary western society. Unfortunately there has been little empirical investigation examining the profile and prevalence of the use of such dietary and nutritional supplements for older adults. The aim of this project was to determine, the profile of users of glucosamine and fish oil or omega-3 fatty acids and the prevalence of use in 45 and Up Study participants based on demographic, health status, and health behaviour variables.

Outcomes resulting from this research:

Sibbritt D, Adams J, Lui C-W, Broom A, Wardle J. Who Uses Glucosamine and Why? A Study of 266,848 Australians Aged 45 Years and Older. PLoS ONE [Internet] 2012 7(7):e41540. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041540

Adams J, Sibbritt D, Lui C-W, Broom A, Wardle J. Omega-3 fatty acid supplement use in the 45 and Up Study Cohort. BMJ Open [Internet] 2013;3:1–8. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-002292