With an ever increasing number of obese adults in the west and throughout the westernized world, there is an associated increase in the numbers of adults (and children) with Type 2 diabetes. People are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes related to lack of exercise, unhealthy dietary choices, and excess weight or obesity.
Often occurring in association with Type 2 diabetes though not
exclusively is depression. Since the two diseases often occur together, a group of scientists recently aimed to examine whether or not diet, an important risk factor in developing Type 2 diabetes, had any effect on the prevalence of depression in patients with the disease.
4588 adults over the age of 18 were studied. Depression and diabetes statuses and usage of diabetes medications were determined via self-reported questionnaires. Fasting blood glucose and glycated hemoglobin levels were also measured. Results were determined after controlling for the following factors: gender, age, marital status, education, race, “food insecurity level”, family income-to-poverty ratio, and serum C-reactive protein.
Diet types were categorizes by: healthy (i.e. Mediterranean-like diets), unhealthy (i.e. western diets), sweets, “Mexican-style”, and breakfast.
Environmental contaminants, such as bisphenol-A (BPA), endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs), other plastic-originating compounds, and persistent organic pollutants in general, are widespread in our environment and also in the foods that we eat on a daily basis. There
is some debate that BPA and other EDCs are harmful to human health, but in general the lines of those debates are a result of political and financially-motivated agendas.
For more on the harm BPA and other EDCs cause on the environment and on your health, please visit stealthepidemic.com, a website founded by Lewis Perdue and Becca Yeamans-Irwin (the co-editors of the French Paradox site).
Other sources of environmental contaminants are known to come from the food chain, like mercury in fish and pesticides in various fruits and vegetables.
A new study looked at the associations, if any, between environmental contaminants circulating in the human body and diet type. Could eating a certain type of diet reduce the levels of harmful environmental contaminants in the body? Or does diet not affect these levels in the blood?