EAT UP: A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains can beat depression, a study has found.
EAT UP: A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains can beat depression, a study has found. iStock

Blood pressure diet reveals unexpected perk

A DIET used to combat high blood pressure with plenty of fruit, veg and whole grains beats depression too, a study found.

Old folk who stuck to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet were less likely to feel low than those who didn't, it was said.

Their risk of the blues was more than one tenth lower than those who ate a typical westernised diet high in meats and fats.

Dr Laurel Cherian of Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago said: "Depression is common in older adults and more frequent in people with memory problems, vascular risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or people who have had a stroke. Making a lifestyle change such as changing your diet is often preferred over taking medications, so we wanted to see if diet could be an effective way to reduce the risk of depression.”

The preliminary study followed 964 participants with an average age of 81 for an average of six-and-a-half years.

Every year they were monitored for symptoms of depression such as being bothered by things that usually didn't affect them and feeling hopeless about the future.

The more closely people followed a Western diet high in saturated fats and red meats and low in fruits and vegetables, the more likely they were to develop depression.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.


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