Ditch Diet Soda to Avoid Depression
If you feel depressed after drinking four or more cans of diet soda, it is not only your guilty conscience at work. A new research study has linked soda drinks to an increased risk of depression in adults. According to the study, released on January 10, 2013, diet drinks are more of a culprit than regular soda beverages in increasing an individual’s risk of depression. In comparison, drinking coffee can reduce this risk, even if only slightly.
The study, to be presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the “American Academy of Neurology” (AAN) in San Diego between March 16 and 23, 2013, has been authored by Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, who is a member of the AAN. The “National Institute of Health,” the “National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences” and the “National Cancer Institute” have also supported the study.
Chen, who works with the “National Institutes of Health in Research Triangle Park,” North Carolina, attributes ‘important physical – and mental – health consequences’ to sweetened beverages, including sodas, coffee and tea, which today are consumed on a worldwide scale.
Chen is the author of the study that researched the drinking habits of 263,925 people, between the ages of 50 and 71. The study took place from 1995 to 1996 and the drink consumption pattern of the participants was evaluated on parameters like soda, fruit punch, coffee, and tea. After 10 years of the study, the participants were asked to report whether they had faced clinical depression since the year 2000. You would be surprised to know that more than 11,000 participants reported being diagnosed with depression.
Based on the drink consumption analysis of these participants, the researcher found that people who consumed more than four cups of soda a day were 30% more likely to develop depression as compared to those who drank no soda at all. In comparison, people who drank four or more cups of coffee a day were 10% less likely to be diagnosed with depression. Participants who consumed diet versions of drinks such as regular soda, regular fruit punches or regular iced tea, also showed more of a tendency to go into depression according to the results of the study.
Chen explains how their research suggests that cutting down on sweetened diet drinks with unsweetened coffee is a natural way to lower your depression risk. Although, it is also maintained that more research is required to be conducted into these findings. Before you take this study at its face value, consult your doctor and don’t discontinue any medication that you may be taking for depression.
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