DIET, WEIGHT AF­FECTS BIPO­LAR

DIS­OR­DER TREAT­MENT

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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.

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