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Association Between Vegetarian Diet and Depression in Men

By May 21, 2019 May 27th, 2019 News

A recent report from the Journal of Affective Disorders described nearly 10,000 men who were queried about their identification as vegetarian or vegan, as well as depressive symptoms. The investigators adjusted for socio-demographic factors including age, marital status, number of children, employment, history of depression or other psychiatric contact, among others. They found that vegetarian men had significantly more depressive symptoms than men who were not vegetarians. The investigators posed nutritional deficiency, for example, iron or vitamin B12, as a possible explanation, although the causation could in the opposite direction, since it is also possible that there is something about depression that predisposes men to a vegetarian diet.
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