30 October 2008

Arthritis patients face increased risk of mood disorders

Supports Chapter 25: Deficiency diseases and Chapter 26: Diet and the brain

The results of a world-wide study confirm that people with arthritis are more likely to suffer from mood disorders and other mental health conditions than other people.

Researchers from Shanghai Mental Health Center in China studied data from a health survey of more than 85,000 adults in 17 countries in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific. They specifically assessed associations between arthritis and the prevalence of anxiety, mood and alcohol use disorders.

They found that people with arthritis were almost twice as likely to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders as those without arthritis. This was similar across all the countries studied.

It could be argued that people who suffer the pain and discomfort of arthritis are more likely to be depressed than people who aren't, but there is also a dietary component: This study adds weight to others that show that both conditions may be caused or exacerbated by eating the same 'healthy' diet. That is one which is based on cereal grains in foods such as bread, and is low in fat.

He Y, et al. Mental disorders among persons with arthritis: results from the World Mental Health Surveys. Psychol Med 2008; 38: 1639-1650. doi:10.1017/S0033291707002474


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