Diet Soda May Be Causing Your Depression

by Nate Wooley | January 9, 2013 12:35 pm

[1]A new study has found a link between depression and the drinking of soft drinks.

The study, conducted by researchers in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, found a correlation among people who consumed four or more cans of sweetened drinks per day, Smithsonian magazine reports[2]. Among the more than 230,000 people studied, those who consumed that much soda showed a 30% higher rate of clinical depression than those who did not.

The numbers are worse for those who drink diet soda. There’s a 22% greater incidence of depression for those users above the already increased risk for soda drinkers in general, according to the study. Coffee drinkers, on the other hand, showed a 10% lessened incidence of clinical depression in the study.

The study was led by Dr. Honglei Chen using data from 1995 and 1996 and updated with a follow-up survey. Dr. Chen and his colleagues will be presenting their full findings in March at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

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