Neuroscience

Articles and news from the latest research reports.

153 notes


Lack of nutrients and metabolic syndrome linked to different subtypes of depression
A low intake of folate and vitamin B12 increases the risk of melancholic depressive symptoms, according to a study among nearly 3,000 middle-aged and elderly Finnish subjects. On the other hand, non-melancholic depressive symptoms are associated with an increased risk for the metabolic syndrome. Based on these new observations, melancholic and non-melancholic depression may be separate depressive subtypes with different etiologies in terms of proinflammation and diet. The study was the first to look at these depressive sub-types separately.
"The findings have practical implications in the care of patients with depressive symptoms. For example, it may be wise to avoid medication causing weight gain among patients with non-melancholic depression, whereas melancholic depressive symptoms may call for a closer look at the quality of the patient’s diet," says Mr Jussi Seppälä, MD, Chief of the Department of Psychiatry of the Hospital District of Southern Savo.
Melancholic depression involves typical depressive symptoms, such as a depressed mood. Non-melancholic depression is characterized by other types of symptoms, such as low self-esteem and feelings of worry and anxiety.
Among subjects with the highest folate intake, the risk for melancholic depressive symptoms was almost 50 per cent lower than among those with the lowest intake. In addition, among those with the highest vitamin B12 levels, the risk for melancholic depressive symptoms was almost three times lower than among those with the lowest levels. Both findings are new. A similar association with non-melancholic depressive symptoms was not observed.
Another novel observation is that the risk for the metabolic syndrome was twofold among those with non-melancholic depressive symptoms, as compared to those with melancholic symptoms or those with no depressive symptoms.
Mr Seppälä’s doctoral thesis “Depressive symptoms, metabolic syndrome and diet" was published at the University of Eastern Finland. The study was conducted as part of the Finnish Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Programme. The findings were originally published in Journal of Affective Disorders.

Lack of nutrients and metabolic syndrome linked to different subtypes of depression

A low intake of folate and vitamin B12 increases the risk of melancholic depressive symptoms, according to a study among nearly 3,000 middle-aged and elderly Finnish subjects. On the other hand, non-melancholic depressive symptoms are associated with an increased risk for the metabolic syndrome. Based on these new observations, melancholic and non-melancholic depression may be separate depressive subtypes with different etiologies in terms of proinflammation and diet. The study was the first to look at these depressive sub-types separately.

"The findings have practical implications in the care of patients with depressive symptoms. For example, it may be wise to avoid medication causing weight gain among patients with non-melancholic depression, whereas melancholic depressive symptoms may call for a closer look at the quality of the patient’s diet," says Mr Jussi Seppälä, MD, Chief of the Department of Psychiatry of the Hospital District of Southern Savo.

Melancholic depression involves typical depressive symptoms, such as a depressed mood. Non-melancholic depression is characterized by other types of symptoms, such as low self-esteem and feelings of worry and anxiety.

Among subjects with the highest folate intake, the risk for melancholic depressive symptoms was almost 50 per cent lower than among those with the lowest intake. In addition, among those with the highest vitamin B12 levels, the risk for melancholic depressive symptoms was almost three times lower than among those with the lowest levels. Both findings are new. A similar association with non-melancholic depressive symptoms was not observed.

Another novel observation is that the risk for the metabolic syndrome was twofold among those with non-melancholic depressive symptoms, as compared to those with melancholic symptoms or those with no depressive symptoms.

Mr Seppälä’s doctoral thesis “Depressive symptoms, metabolic syndrome and diet" was published at the University of Eastern Finland. The study was conducted as part of the Finnish Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Programme. The findings were originally published in Journal of Affective Disorders.

Filed under depression metabolic syndrome non-melancholic depression nutrition neuroscience science

  1. caralynn reblogged this from pleasantwisteria
  2. swsmh reblogged this from sagansense
  3. sushie-shuakhwe reblogged this from liveactivedrm
  4. squirrelonsquirrel reblogged this from sagansense
  5. saraahlynne reblogged this from neurosciencestuff and added:
    eat those fats and greens, people.
  6. legsjet reblogged this from neurosciencestuff
  7. liberalmusings reblogged this from neurosciencestuff
  8. gearsofwarwhore reblogged this from betweenvegaandaltair
  9. betweenvegaandaltair reblogged this from neurosciencestuff
  10. lifeandotherconfusion reblogged this from neurosciencestuff
  11. frenchykitten reblogged this from neurosciencestuff
  12. toastedwonderbread reblogged this from devillei
  13. fuck-you-im-an-adult reblogged this from membranoproliferative
  14. bottledenthusiasm reblogged this from sagansense
  15. modelmefitx reblogged this from neurosciencestuff
  16. propanoate reblogged this from neurosciencestuff
  17. brainstufffyi4dew0319 reblogged this from neurosciencestuff
  18. lunav24 reblogged this from neurosciencestuff
  19. semper-fidelis-tyrannosaurus reblogged this from sagansense
  20. freestate reblogged this from neurosciencestuff
  21. paisleypants reblogged this from neurosciencestuff
  22. borrowed-times reblogged this from neurosciencestuff
  23. christophertherobin reblogged this from membranoproliferative
  24. rock7ch reblogged this from sagansense
  25. devillei reblogged this from sagansense
  26. barefoot-pirate reblogged this from sagansense and added:
    meeee ugh fuck my health problems right in the asshole
  27. smallwombat reblogged this from neurosciencestuff
free counters