Do lifestyle changes really make a difference in mental health?
August 22nd, 2022
A study by Dr. Loewen and team noted that a population-based prospective study of over 3400 - 10 to 11 year olds could show that lifestyle behaviors were measured with the Harvard Food Frequency Questionnaire and self- and parental-proxy reports, expressed as meeting recommendations for vegetables and fruit, grain products, milk and alternatives, meat and alternatives, added sugar, saturated fat, sleep, screen time, and physical activity. Mental illness was defined by physician-diagnosed internalizing, externalizing, and other psychiatric conditions. Negative binomial regression was used to determine the independent and cumulative
associations of meeting lifestyle recommendations with physician visits for mental illnesses.
Of all participants, 12%, 67%, and 21% met 1 to 3, 4 to 6, and 7 to 9 recommendations, respectively, and 15% had a mental illness diagnosis during follow-up. Compared with meeting 1 to 3 recommendations, meeting 7 to 9 recommendations was associated with 56% fewer physician visits for mental illness during follow-up. Every additional recommendation met was associated with 15% fewer physician visits for mental illnesses. (Loewen et. al. 2022)
This is a study getting to the core of Dr. Kaplan's work. Biochemical and metabolic pathways need the respective cofactor nutrients for optimal function and then the downstream results are better mood, mentation and sense of well being.
Feed the machine and it will perform for you!