Bloomsbury, August 5: A new study by the University College London (UCL) found that men who consume a lot of sugar run an increased risk of depression. The study was done on a group of 5,000 men and 2,000 women who were analysed for sugar in their diets and common mental health problems.
“High sugar diets have a number of influences on our health but our study shows that there might also be a link between sugar and mood disorders, particularly among men. There are numerous factors that influence chances for mood disorders, but having a diet high in sugary foods and drinks might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back” Lead author Anika Knüppel, of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health, said.
“The study found no link between sugar intake and new mood disorders in women and it is unclear why. More research is needed to test the sugar-depression effect in large population samples.”
“There is increasing evidence for the physical damage sugar has on our health. Our work suggests an additional mental health effect. This further supports the evidence for policy action such as the new sugar levy in the UK, but this is not addressed in many other European countries,” she added.