Data was analyzed from an enormous study that analyzed data from over 70,000 postmenopausal women collected from an NIH Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study.
When we eat refined carbs (think white flour, white bread and sugar) our blood sugar levels spike, causing hormones in the body to stabilize these high levels.
Because sugar stabilization is hormonal in nature, scientists believe a chronic need to stabilize blood sugar is linked to mood swings, increased fatigue and other classic depression symptoms.
According to the data gathered, the higher the intake of sugar, the higher the risk of depression.
For those women that stuck with whole grains, vegetables and fruits, the risk decreased.
While this evidence is not conclusive, it does support the growing belief that mental and physical health starts with food.
It also serves as a great potential treatment for postmenopausal depression without resorting to the use of drugs.
The team of researchers plan to expand this study to further understand food’s role with depression and how it would actually work as a treatment both by itself and with other options. They also hope to pinpoint similar correlations found in other segments of the general population.