Dark Chocolate May Reduce Risk of Depression

People who eat dark chocolate are less likely experience symptoms of clinical depression[1], according to a new study published[2] in the journal Depression & Anxiety. People with diabetes are twice as likely[3] to have depression as those without.

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Dark chocolate has been found to be associated with health benefits[5] such as improved blood vessel health, lower blood pressure[6], and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes[7]. To examine the effects of this food on depression, Sarah E. Jackson, PhD, CPsychol, and colleagues reviewed data[8] from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and Public Health Questionnaire-9 scores from 13,626 adults ages 20 and up.

Of all the subject surveyed, 11.1% reported eating any type of chocolate and 1.4% reported eating dark chocolate. The researchers found that those who ate dark chocolate had significantly lower odds of clinical symptoms of depression compared to those who ate non-dark chocolate.

“The present results are in line with the majority of experimental studies, which have shown benefits of chocolate consumption for mood, at least in the short-term,” the researchers note.

To learn more about the health benefits of chocolate, read “Good News for Chocolate Fans”[9] and to learn more about managing diabetes and depression, read “Dealing With Diabetes and Depression.”[10]

Diane Fennell[11]

Diane Fennell

Senior Digital Editor for DiabetesSelfManagement.com, Fennell has 16 years’ experience specializing in diabetes and related health conditions. Based in New York City, she has a degree from Columbia University.

Endnotes:
  1. depression: https://dsm.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/dealing-diabetes-depression/
  2. new study published: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/da.22950
  3. twice as likely: https://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/24/6/1069
  4. sign up for our free newsletter: https://dsm.diabetesselfmanagement.com/newsletter/
  5. associated with health benefits: https://dsm.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/good-news-for-chocolate-fans/
  6. blood pressure: https://dsm.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/complications-prevention/the-pressure-is-on/
  7. type 2 diabetes: https://dsm.diabetesselfmanagement.com/diabetes-resources/definitions/type-2-diabetes/
  8. reviewed data: https://www.healio.com/family-medicine/nutrition-and-fitness/news/online/%7Bbe1d2457-ae6f-41a1-9d8d-c5636a7a0016%7D/eating-dark-chocolate-may-reduce-depression-risk
  9. “Good News for Chocolate Fans”: https://dsm.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/good-news-for-chocolate-fans/
  10. “Dealing With Diabetes and Depression.”: https://dsm.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/dealing-diabetes-depression/
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Diane Fennell: Diane Fennell has been an editor at Diabetes Self-Management magazine since 2003. She is currently the Editorial Director. (Diane Fennell is not a medical professional.)

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