Diet soda might be causing depression? Recent study results will be released in March 2013.
This whole thing with diet soda being connected to higher rates of depression seems like a chicken-or-the-egg scenario. Does drinking diet soda change the brain chemistry of its consumer and cause symptoms that can be categorized as depression, or do people who are depressed tend to drink more diet soda than those who are not depressed?
How can we ever actually know the answer?
There are a lot of chemicals in diet soda, so after a while of drinking those chemicals repeatedly, it only seems appropriate that there would be negative repercussions to the brain and body of those drinking them, but depression?
It’s not the caffeine, because the same sources that are reporting the link between depression and diet soda have also said that coffee drinkers are less likely to experience depression than those who do not drink coffee at all.
Diet Sodas And Depression
The study is based on the drinking patterns of 265,000 people, who were aged 50 to 71 during 1995 and 1996. The drinks in question were soda, tea, coffee, fruit punch, and other sweet beverages. When followed up with ten years later, 11,311 of the total 265,000 identified to participate in the study had been diagnosed with depression from the year 2000 on.
Further information on the details of the study should be released with the study’s findings.
So, if depression is a mental illness, and research is showing a connection between it and the consumption of diet soda, then aspartame, the chemical used to sweeten most diet sodas, is one heck of a chemical. How did it get approved by the FDA? How is it allowed to be sold and consumed?
Further, will people continue to drink diet soda if the connection between it and depression is found to be legitimate? There are a number of ways to help improve mental health including a proper well balanced diet and regular exercise.
The National Institute of Health is speculating, and plans to release results March 16-23, 2013, in San Diego, California during the American Academy of Neurology’s 65th Annual Meeting.
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