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Diet Soda Linked To Depression, NIH Study Says - Video

Coffee tied to a decrease in depression cases

By Jason Koebler | US News | January 9, 2013

Millions of people reach for an afternoon diet soda as a pick-me-up to make it through the rest of the day. But new research suggests sodas and other sugary drinks — especially artificially sweetened ones — could be related to depression.

According to the research, which will be officially released at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in mid-March, people who drink four cans or more of soda daily are about 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression than people who don't drink soda. Coffee drinkers are about 10 percent less likely to develop depression than people who don't drink coffee.

The National Institutes of Health study included more than 250,000 people between the ages of 50 and 71 and studied their drink consumption during 1995 and 1996. A decade later, researchers asked whether participants had been diagnosed with depression since the year 2000.

According to researchers, "the risk appeared to be greater for people who drank diet [rather] than regular soda."

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FYI

There was research in 1993, an independent double-blind study on aspartame that found that ingestion increased the frequency of depression symptoms. It was a 7-day study. (See: Biological Psychiatry, 34:13-17, 1993). It would not be surprising to me if long-term use would cause depression for some people. Researchers are usually smart enough to control for other factors that might contribute to depression. We'll just have to wait to see the published study.

It's pretty simple..Correlation and Causation

...healthy people don't drink much soda, and when they do, they know that diet isn't much better than regular, so when they "snack" on soda, they might as well have the good stuff. Anyhow, healthy people are less depressed so non-soda drinkers would naturally be less depressed because they usually make better choices with what they put in their bodies. Depressed people tend to make bad choices with their health. You could find studies that would point to all sorts of things, too much video gaming, TV, lack of veggies, etc. This isn't science, it's just another example of someone not knowing that correlation doesn't mean causation.

Free market capitalism isn't right for America because it works better. It's right because it's free (and it works better).

Seems

like the headline is way too strong and there would be many other factors in play... the article says that "people who drink four cans or more of soda daily are about 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression than people who don't drink soda."

Four or more cans of soda daily sounds like a person who probably has lots of other bad habits and many other factors might contribute to their depression. That being said, I didn't read the study, so maybe they controlled for things like weight, occupation, etc. But, four or more cans of soda daily sounds like the habit of a very unhealthy person who probably has many other reasons to be depressed.

I wouldn't encourage anyone to drink diet soda because it is obviously bad for you and would be relatively easy to cut out of your diet. But this study sounds like they are stretching.

That's not all it's linked to...

Artificial sweetners like Aspartame are nerve poisons. The human body has NO IDEA how to metabolize Aspartame - making it poisonous to humans.

It should never have come to market, but that bastard Donald Rumsfeld had a stake in the artificial sweetener industry and when the FDA tried to ban Aspertame, Rumsfeld told them the STAND DOWN.

Rumsfeld not only killed a lot of innocent Iraqi, Afghani and Pakistani people, he's killed plenty of Americans with his poisonous sweetner Aspartame.

Why does Rumsfeld hate so many people so much???

More here...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robbie-gennet/donald-rumsfeld-...

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Sugar Rush

I know I would feel depressed if I drank lots of soda and never got the sugar rush :p