mental health


Question by  Priya12 (218)

Will eating a great deal of sugar and sugar based products make depression worse?

My son has a depression disorder and I am concerned that his habit of drinking so many soda's has an effect on it.


Answer by  bug57 (1048)

Eating a lot of sugar can cause large spikes and drops in blood sugar which can contribute to mood swing-like symptoms and low feelings during the drops, but the sugar alone is not the problem. Though maintaining a stable blood sugar level does help keep you well overall.


Answer by  Froom (40)

High sugar intake can cause spikes in blood glucose levels, the resulting sugar 'crash' can result in feelings of lethargy which may add to depressive feelings.


Answer by  primatefreak (1616)

Yes, sugar affects depression. One soda equals 10 tsps. of sugar and caffeine(1/2 cup coffee). Initially there's a sugar "rush" then level drops in one hour. This becomes addictive cycle.


Answer by  Mariana39 (440)

Withdrawal symptoms may occur from not eating sugar, thus worsening the depression. Controversial studies suggest that artificial sweeteners from diet sodas may have severe effects on people with mental issues.


Answer by  thattractorguy (2970)

Depression can worsen if a diet is consistently of too much caffeine or sugar. Too much sugar can cause a large energy high and then a crash.

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