Some foods increase depression reveals a study

Emobileclinic Researchers’ corner : Depression linked to High consumption of Sugar in post menopausal women

In a recent study, higher consumption of lactose, fiber, non-juice fruit, and vegetables was significantly associated with lower odds of incident depression, while non-whole/refined grain consumption was associated with increased odds of depression. Also included as risk factors are consumption of sweetened beverages, refined foods, and pastries.
The study focused on a total number of 157,572 post-menopausal women and their diet over a period of 3 years. Dietary GI, glycemic load, and other carbohydrate measures (added sugars, total sugars, glucose, sucrose, lactose, fructose, starch, and carbohydrate) were linked to increase depression reports. The women participated in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study at baseline between 1994 and 1998.




 The researchers discovered a ‘progressively higher dietary GI to be associated with increasing odds of incident depression in fully adjusted models .Progressively higher consumption of dietary added sugars was also associated with increasing odds of incident depression’.



In their words it suggests ‘that high-GI diets could be a risk factor for depression in postmenopausal women’. They however suggested a randomized trials to examine the question
of whether diets rich in low-GI foods could serve as treatments and primary preventive measures for depression in postmenopausal women. The researchers also said more studies are needed to show the influence of refined carbohydrates on mood and how commensurate their proportion are to the overall diet. According to them, ‘studies are therefore needed to ‘measure overall intake of carbohydrate and sugar, glycemic index (GI), and glycemic load’.

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