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Depression Diagnoses Linked To Sweetened Beverage Consumption

January 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Drinking sweetened beverages – especially diet versions of soda, fruit punch, coffee or tea – increases the risk of depression in adults, according to an unpublished study to be presented at an upcoming scientific meeting. The researchers, however, found that while drinking coffee was tied to a slightly lower risk. The study involved 263,925 older adults (aged 50 to 71 at the start of the study in 1995/1996). After monitoring beverage consumption and depression diagnoses over ten years, researchers found that participants who drank more than four cans of soda a day were 30 percent more likely to develop depression. People who drank four cups of coffee a day were about 10 percent less likely to develop depression.
Honglei Chen, M.D., Ph.D., "Hold the Diet Soda? Sweetened Drinks Linked to Depression, Coffee Tied to Lower Risk", News release, upcoming presentation at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting, January 08, 2013, © American Academy of Neurology
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