Depression is a multifactorial illness. In addition to the inevitable genetic predispositions, certain life events (death, job loss, separation, etc.) are associated with an increased risk of depression; this pathology is also more common in very sedentary people, in people who drink a lot of alcohol, in smokers, in isolated people, etc.
A new risk factor is added to the list: in a new study, researchers from Sungkyunkwan University (in South Korea) affirm that addicts to sugary and carbonated drinks also present a greater risk of depression compared to the average.
Just one soda a week is enough to increase the risk of depression
To arrive at this conclusion, scientists sifted through medical data on 87,115 adults, Koreans aged 39.5 years on average. They discovered that, even excluding the influence of certain environmental factors (smoking, rate of physical activity, blood pressure, body mass index, etc.), people who consumed one soda per day ( i.e. 20 cl) were more at risk of developing depressive symptoms than the others.
Worse still: according to Korean researchers, even just one soda per week was enough to increase the risk of depression…”Our hypothesis is that regular consumption of sugary drinks promotes insulin resistance and blood sugar spikes, which have a long-term impact on mental health.” analyze the scientists.
To avoid taking any risks (and keep your spirits up…), it is better to swap your daily soda for a large glass of sugar-free iced tea or flavored water. It’s just as refreshing!
Source :Scientific Reports