Consuming refined carbohydrates may trigger depressive episodes in post-menopausal women.
Eating habits matter a lot in disease manifestation. Those postmenopausal women who ate a lot of refined carbs were more likely to fall prey to depression. Several psychiatrists conducted the study and the results were conclusive.
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Among the indicators were: the glycemic index, glycemic load, kinds of carbs and incidences of full-blown depression. Over 70,000 postmenopausal women participated in the survey. The study took place between 1994 and 1998.
It is a known fact that consumption of carbs raises blood sugar. This increase in blood sugar depends on the sort of food you ingest. The more refined the carb, the higher its value is on the glycemic index.
The glycemix index ranges from 0-100. Culprits such as white bread, white rice and soda may increase blood sugar. This occurs via hormonal response. The hormonal changes may also cause fatigue, mood swings and depression.
The more refined grains and sugars cause a surge in sugar levels. This threw the body’s systems off balance. And postmenopausal women were the most affected by high glycemic foods.
There were changes. That is with an addition of roughage, whole grains, vegetables and fruits (not fruit juices) in the diet. The blood sugar levels stabilized for the better. Thus it got proved that dietary reform could lead to a decrease in the risk of depression.
Some further research is still needed. Only then could the results get collated for prescriptive purposes. Gormandizing on white rice, cake or junk food may set off a hormonal storm. The result would be depression after an initial high.
There were those who ate a diet consisting of higher glycemic index foods. The higher were their chances of contracting the “black dog” disease of depression. The susceptibility shot up by as much as 22% when a sloppy diet got followed. And when you add sugars to the mix it went up to 23%.
Carbs are the high risk macro-nutrient. They cause everything from lethargy to feelings of boredom and ennui. A diet that is ideal ought to be high in proteins and low in carbs. As for the fats, they ought to be moderate. This sort of diet keeps the hormones including insulin and glucagon in synch. But, refined carbs play havoc with the body’s basal systems.
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This study by James Gangwisch, PhD and colleagues in the department of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.