Saturday, October 10, 2009

We Can't Say We're Surprised: Mediterranean
Diet is Linked to Lower Rates of Depression

'People whose diets were more strongly associated with the Mediterranean diet were less likely to be diagnosed with depression during the four and a half years they were followed up. They had about one third of the risk of those who ate a diet least like the Mediterranean diet. The researchers say that how much fruit, nuts, and legumes (such as lentils and beans), as well as the types of fats or oils they ate, were strongly linked to a lower risk of depression. They think that the fatty acids found in olive oil may be one factor in lower rates of depression, although they conclude that the overall effect of the diet may be more important than singling out individual foods.'
--from a recent article in The Guardian, part of a series published in conjunction with the British Medical Journal. This is especially worthy of attention for Northeast Ohioans, since our unusually overcast weather--especially the long, pewter-colored gray skies of endless winter--lead to what I think of as a generalized form of low-grade regional depression. The psychiatric community has a name for this--Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. You can review the American Psychiatric Association's suggestions for counteracting SAD here.

9 Comments:

At 5:08 PM, Blogger Maria said...

As well as dietary prudence, time and again studies support the value of community supports in longevity. Will cite my sources later.

 
At 8:11 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Thanks.

 
At 9:38 PM, Blogger Pat Washington said...

In other words, run outside and play with your friends. Then come in for dinner and be sure to eat all your veggies.

Hard to top a Mom's advice.

 
At 12:36 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You said it.

 
At 11:49 AM, Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

So why every time I've been to the doctor with depression does he not prescribe a tin of baked beans rather than mind-numbing drugs? Wind I could live with.

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Sadly, most of the medical profession is ignorant about how to deal with these issues. Plus, no one from the bean companies or running shoe makers is visiting them the way that drug company representatives are.

 
At 2:25 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

And by the way, Jim, perhaps you should first check with your wife before upping the ante on your bean consumption, since she'll pay the price more than anyone.

 
At 3:43 PM, Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

I told her about my comment and was reliably informed that I'm already on a Mediterranean diet.

 
At 3:46 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Your droll sense of humor prompted some guffaws all the way across the Atlantic. Thanks for giving me some chuckles today, Jim.

 

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