If you want to live a healthier and fuller live less prone to mobility problems, you might want to lay off the diet sweetened drinks
According to the recent study, those who drink several diet sweetened drinks a day are at a higher risk for depression. On the other hand, those who drink coffee have a slightly lower depression risk.
The study found 260,000 Americans who were between 50 to 71 years old, reporting on their beverage habits. After a decade, it was found that a little more than 4% were diagnosed with depression.
The study also found that overall, those who consumed sweetened diet beverages were more likely to be at risk for depression. In particular, those who drank at least four cans of diet soda had a 31% more likelihood of being depressed than those who did not.
Other artificially sweetened drinks also reported similar risks, such as fruit punch and iced tea—although the likelihood of becoming depressed was slightly lower, at 22%.
The participants’ coffee habits were also tested, and it showed than older adults who drank more than four cups of coffee a day had a 10% lower risk of being depressed than those who did not.
The study is somewhat preliminary and only noted a general trend. However, researchers noted a reason why both diet drinks and coffee have a relationship with depression: diabetes and obesity.
Overall, one’s lifestyle and diet have a direct effect on depression, and therefore on one’s mobility. Until the findings are conclusive, older adults would do best to take diet drinks and coffee in moderation.
The connection between depression and mobility has been considered in the past. It is generally accepted that those suffering from depression can lead to serious mobility problems—a reason why mental health should always be in check.