Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
How could something that tastes so good be so evil? Researchers from University College London have postulated that increased levels of sugar in a male diet can be more detrimental to them than just an oversized waistline. After looking at a generous sample size of 7,000 males over a 22-year period, they have found that high levels of sugar can be directly correlated with an increased chance for mood disorders like depression and anxiety. One might raise the question: Do depressed and anxious people just happen to eat more sugar and that’s why we see these results? Well, according to these researchers and some fancy footwork, they were able to rule out any possible cases of reverse causation, and sadly, the blame still falls on sugar.
Of course, the inner sweet tooth in all of us wants to know why?
For one, BDNF, a protein synthesized in the brain and in charge of creating new brain cells is greatly inhibited in its performance when high levels of sugar are present. Also, sugar is linked to causing inflammation in the brain, a known problem in people with mood disorders. Insulin levels are also greatly affected after high sugar intake, which can crash both your mood and hormonal responses.
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For more information: http://www.menshealth.com/health/sugar-and-depression
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