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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Does the Mediterranean diet lower the risk of depression?

    depressionResearchers from Canaria, Spain and Minneapolis, Minnesota report that the Mediterranean diet might lower the risk of depressive disorders.

    First, the details.

    • 10,094 initially healthy Spaniards participated in the study.
    • They were classified as having depression if they were free of depression and antidepressant medication at the start of the study, but then reported that a physician-made a diagnosis of clinical depression and/or antidepressant medication use during follow-up.

    And, the results.

    • After about 4 years, 480 new cases of depression were identified.
    • Greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet resulted in a significantly lower risk of depression.
    • This inverse dose-response relationships was found for fruit and nuts, the monounsaturated- to saturated-fatty-acids ratio, and legumes.

    The bottom line?
    Back in 2006, the same researchers published a similar study that suggested a protective effect of the Mediterranean diet.

    However, there are several limitations that make the findings from both studies preliminary.

    Dr. Viviane Kovess-Masfety at McGill University, in Canada and Universit√ɬ© Paris, in France, says that the limitations of this study include relatively poor diagnostic documentation of depression and a highly selected population — students and professionals in only one country, Spain.

    Additional studies will be needed.

    10/10/09 22:33 JR

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