Nutrition: a Mega Theme for Psychiatry of the Future

In several articles I have in the past pointed out in this blog the importance of nutritional factors for mental health. Now the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) has underscored this by conducting its first international congress, which is currently taking place in Bethesda, Maryland, USA (July 30 to August 2, 2017).

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids are Particularly Important for Brain Development of Adolescents

In recent years it has become increasingly clear that in addition to other environmental factors, diet plays a significant role in the development of mental disorders. Since polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids (ω-3 PUFA) are “essential”, i.e. they cannot be synthesized by humans themselves, they but must be taken with food. Thus, their adequate intake with diet is of particular importance. Continue reading

Increased Blood Glucose Increases Risk for Dementia – Even Without Diabetes mellitus

In the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, a consortium of scientists from Seattle and Boston reports on their large longitudinal study on the relationship between blood glucose and dementia risk (Crane et al., N Engl J Med 2013; 369: 540-548). Continue reading

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Cardiovascular Risk

Today’s post has nothing directly to do with mental health issues. However, since the cardiovascular fitness significantly affects the risk for psychiatric disorders – especially dementia -, I would like to report today on a very interesting study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on April 4, 2013, in which the influence of a Mediterranean diet on cardiovascular risk was studied (Estruch et al., N Engl J Med 2013, 368: 1279-1290). Continue reading