New York, NY (PRWEB) January 14, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, recently releases a report on a paper recently published in BMC Medicine, discussing how studies about diet and heart disease might shed some light on the connection between diet and depression.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin notes in its recent article (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/how-certain-foods-can-fight-depression), to date, there is a lack of quality studies into how a person’s diet impacts depression. But this could be a huge new frontier for helping people manage their mental health. As the article states, the authors of the paper, “Diet: a new target to prevent depression?” note that depression is similar in many aspects to heart disease. Both of them are influenced by inflammation, poor cholesterol and fat levels, and problems with the lining of blood vessels (a condition called “endothelial dysfunction”).
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin adds that with these shared risk factors, depression and heart disease may share underlying causes as well. That would include a diet that is high in cholesterol and saturated fat, for instance.
As the article “How Certain Foods Can Fight Depression” reports, studies have pinpointed certain ways of eating that promote or shield against depressed feelings. Fast food, processed food, unhealthy snacks, and alcohol all put a person at greater risk of depression. On the other hand, following something like the Mediterranean diet (high in vegetables, fish and whole grains) lowers a person’s risk for depression. But most of these studies simply draw a link, generally among a large population of people, rather than figuring out why a food causes depression while another prevents it.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article concludes that more long-term, good-quality studies into diet and depression, much like those for heart disease, are needed. The articles notes that there are innumerable studies focusing on specific foods and their impact on the heart, and that is what is needed for depression, a condition rising in the public eye, and one that will be the subject of greater research intensity.
(SOURCE: Sanchez-Villegas, A., et al., “Diet, a new target to prevent depression?,” BMC Medicine 2013; 11: 3.)
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