A diet previously shown to reduce hypertension and stroke risk may also help ward off depression, new research suggests.
Participants who most closely adhered to the low-sodium Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet were 11% less likely to become depressed over time than those least adherent to the diet, the study found.
The results suggest that the DASH diet may have the “dual benefit” of protecting against cardiovascular disease and helping to boost mood, lead author, Laurel J. Cherian, MD, assistant professor, vascular neurology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, told Medscape Medical News.
“I think that’s a valuable tool for us as neurologists.”
Late life-depression is a “major issue,” not only for patients aging normally but also for those with cognitive issues and those who have had a stroke, said Cherian. “For me, as a stroke doctor, I know that post-stroke depression is a major issue that is undertreated, and contributes to morbidity.”
The study will be presented April 23 at the upcoming American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 2018 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California.
American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 2018 Annual Meeting. Abstract 3569 (P2.179). To be presented April 23, 2018.