Can a diet high in processed foods put you at a higher risk for mental and physical conditions? New research suggests that it can indeed – suggesting that an inflammatory diet is linked to depression and increased risk of frailty.
The study which included 1,701 participants, concluded that:
- An inflammatory diet is associated with a higher likelihood of frailty. For those with depressive symptoms, this likelihood was higher.
- Depressive symptoms may accelerate frailty for individuals who eat an inflammatory diet.
- Based on exploratory data, older and middle-aged adults who consume an inflammatory diet are at a higher risk of developing both depressive symptoms and frailty at the same time.
This suggests that consuming a diet rich in anti-inflammatory compounds (e.g., fiber and plant-based compounds called flavonoids) may help prevent the development of frailty.
The Hearty Take
Recent research has echoed these findings, providing evidence that an anti-inflammatory diet may be preventative for frailty, while a pro-inflammatory diet may increase the risk of frailty. This new study further suggests that consuming an anti-inflammatory diet rich in fiber and polyphenols may be an antidote to depressive symptoms and frailty. All the more reason to prioritize a whole foods diet! If you are at an increased risk for depression or frailty, it appears to be even more crucial to focus on eating a diet rich in vegetables and fiber. Need help establishing a sustainable and healthy diet? Reach out to your nutritionist.