View Full Version : The Diet Drink-Depression Connection

02-07-13, 01:53 PM
Beth Levine
February 7, 2013
Today's Daily Health Tip E-Mail

"Have a Coke and a smile" was a near omnipresent slogan back in the early 1980s. But when it's diet soda that's being regularly consumed, a frown might be a more likely outcome than a smile. That's because a recent study has found a link between drinking diet soda or diet fruit drinks and an increased risk of developing depression.

The research, which was conducted at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, showed an association between the intake of various diet drinks and a greater likelihood of a clinical diagnosis of depression. The participants were nearly 264,000 American adults between the age of 50 and 71. In 1995 and 1996, they completed surveys that included information on their typical beverage drinking habits, including the types of drinks they consumed and their quantities. Approximately a decade afterward, between 2004 and 2006, the researchers followed up with the subjects and questioned whether they had received a depression diagnosis since 2000.


02-08-13, 09:22 AM
Great article!!! I wasn't aware of a direct link to depression but makes a lot of sense.