Diet Soda Ups the Chances for Depression

Older adults and elderly people run the highest risks, study says

By on January 9th, 2013 06:49 GMT

According to a new study, people between the ages of 50 and 70 who drink diet soda on a regular basis have an increased risk of developing depression.

More precisely, they are 31% more likely to sooner or later begin suffering with this medical condition than individuals who belong to the same age group but who more often than not keep away from artificially sweetened diet drinks.

On the other hand, regular sweetened drinks only increase a person's risk of displaying signs of depression by 22%, MedPage Today reports.

Interestingly enough, drinking roughly four cups of coffee improves on one's psychological well-being.

Thus, the specialists who looked into this issue explain that, according to their findings, those who consume said amount of caffeine on a daily basis are 10% less likely to develop depression.

“"Our research suggests that cutting out or down on sweetened diet drinks or replacing them with unsweetened coffee may naturally help lower your depression risk,” stated Honglei Chen, MD, PhD.

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