DIET, WEIGHT AFFECTS BIPOLAR
Consuming a healthy balanced diet rich in fruits AND VEGETABLES CAN Beneit those undergoing treatment for bipolar disorders, a new study suggests. Bipolar disorder — previously known as ‘manic depression’ — is characterised by episodes of depression and of abnormally elevated mood with periods in between the two extremes. “We found that people who had a better-quality diet, a diet with antiInlammatory properties, or A lower BMI, showed better response to add-on nutraceutical treatment than those who reported a low-quality diet, or a DIET INCLUDING Foods that promote Inlammation, or who were overweight,” said lead researcher Melanie Ashton of Deakin University in
Australia. The fact that there are two opposite sets of symptoms means that inding An EFFECTIVE treatment Is Dificult, suggests THE study presented at the ECNP Conference in Barcelona. For the study, the team involved 133 participants. THE participants illed In A questionnaire about what they usually eat over the year and researchers calculated a diet quality score where good diets included a healthy diet with lots of fruit and vegetables, whereas poorer-quality diets had more saturated FAT AND reined CARBOHYDRATES.