UAB study finds link between unhealthy diet, symptoms of depression in youth

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A new study from researchers at the University of Alabama-Birmingham suggests children and teens who consume foods with high levels of sodium and low levels of potassium could develop symptoms of depression.

According to the study, urban, low-income adolescents self-reported their depressive symptoms at baseline, as well as, a year and a half later in addition to overnight urine collection to measure potassium and sodium levels.

Researchers found the rise in sodium levels and the fall of potassium levels best predicted an increase in adolescent depression over time.

Paul Sanders, M.D., a professor in the UAB School of Medicine recommends teens avoid highly processed foods, especially in fast food.

This is a good reminder to make sure you eat your fruits and vegetables!

For more information on the study, click here.

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