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Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of depression

People who eat a Mediterranean diet — rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts,whole grains and fish — are less likely to develop depression, a newstudy suggests (Archives of General Psychiatry 2009;66:1090)

People who eat a Mediterranean diet — rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and fish — are less likely to develop depression, a new study suggests.

Researchers in Spain analysed the reported dietary intake of over 10,000 healthy study participants and followed them for a median of 4.4 years.

After this time, 480 new cases of depression were identified, with those most closely adhering to a Mediterranean diet having a 30 per cent reduced risk of developing the condition (hazard ratio 0.69, 95 per cent confidence interval 0.50–0.96).

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10981393

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