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Eating a healthy, balanced diet reduces the risk of developing severe depression, new research suggests.
It's long been known that depressed people often have poor diets. But what's unclear is whether the depression causes the unhealthy eating, or vice versa.
A University of Eastern Finland study of 2,000 men found those who ate a diet of vegetables, fruits, berries, whole-grains, poultry, fish and low-fat cheese were not only less likely to show depressive symptoms, but were also less likely to have developed depression when researchers later followed up with them.
"The study reinforces the hypothesis that a healthy diet has potential not only in the warding off of depression, but also in its prevention," lead author Anu Ruusunen said.
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