Should Diet’s Effect on Depression be Studied the Way Diet’s Effect on Cardiovascular Risk Is?

Mediterranean diet (close up)

Mediterranean diet (close up) (Photo credit: grobery)

Two researchers from the universities of Las Palmas and Navarra have an interesting theory about investigating the link between diet and depression in the same manner as the link between diet and cardiovascular issues. These two scientists were quoted in an article in Science Daily as saying,”Depression is similar in many aspects to heart disease. Both are associated with low-grade inflammation, endothelial dysfunction and worse lipid profiles. This tends to suggest that the underlying causes, such as a diet high in trans fats, are also the same.”

They also noted that there is an existing body of evidence that demonstrates an association between diet and depression; however, none of them show that diet can actually cause depression. In order to demonstrate diet’s effect on depression, researchers need to conduct long-term, randomized clinical trials similar to ones conducted to examine diet’s impact on cardiovascular disease risk.


~ by chasm63 on January 3, 2013.

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