Sunday, November 8, 2009

Junk food may feed depression

Many factors can lead to increased risk of depression, but a new study suggests those who eat more processed and fatty foods are at greater risk.

The study, published in the November issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, included 3,486 people with an average age of 55.

Researchers found people with the highest intake of ‘whole food’ were less likely to have symptoms of depression and people with a high intake of processed food were more likely to be depressed.

While depression is not only a women’s disease, according to the Epigee Women’s Health Organization, women are more likely to experience symptoms than men and between 8 and 15 percent of menopausal women experience some type of depression.

Experts suggest maintaining a healthy lifestyle in general, including exercising regularly and avoiding alcohol and tobacco, can help stave off depression. But, the study suggests women can further decrease risk of depression by choosing a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruit and fish.

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