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Diet Quality Could Be a Key Treatment Target for Patients With Depression - Psychiatry Advisor

Depression severity was correlated with dietary quality in patients who reported appetite loss, according to study data published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. The same trend was not observed in patients with depression who reported increased appetite.

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Kaiping Burrows, PhD, of the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and collaborators recruited patients with current major depressive disorder (MDD) between August 2012 and May 2017. Eligible patients were unmedicated for depression and had no significant medical comorbidities, including suicidal ideation, eating disorders, and recent substance use disorders.

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The study divided the sample into 3 distinct groups: patients with MDD with increased appetite (MDD-IN; n=22; mean age, 31.41±8.53 years; 22.7% men), patients with MDD with decreased appetite (MDD-DE; n=39; mean age, 30.13±9.49 years; 35.9% men), and healthy controls without depression (HC; n=42; mean age, 31.33±8.56 years; Read More


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