A NEW study suggests that drinking more than four sweetened drinks a day, especially diet drinks, is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults. Drinking coffee was tied to a slightly lower risk.
The study evaluated the consumption of soft drink, fruit punch, coffee and tea. It was conducted over a period of 10 years and involved 263,925 people between the ages of 50 and 71.
It found that those who drank more than four cans of soft drink a day had a 30 percent greater risk of depression than those who consumed none. Those who drank a similar amount of fruit punch had a 38 percent higher risk.
People who drank four cups of coffee a day had about a 10 percent lower risk of developing depression than those who drank no coffee.
While more research is required to confirm the findings, the study suggests that cutting down on sweetened drinks may help to lower the risk of depression.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.