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Poor Diet and Lack of Exercise Makes Women More Prone To Mental Health Issues Than Men

Poor Diet and Lack of Exercise
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Mental Health News: Researchers at Binghamton University found that women’s mental health has a higher association with dietary factors than that of men. Customised diet and exercise may be the first line of defense against mental distress in mature women.

Lina Begdache, assistant professor of health and wellness studies, identified women are more susceptible to unhealthy eating than men. Skipping breakfast, consuming caffeine, junk food, and high-glycemic food are all linked to mental distress in mature women.

Also, mental distress and exercise frequency were associated with different dietary and lifestyle patterns, indicating the need to customise diet and lifestyle factors to improve mental health. Researchers found that regular consumption of fruits and dark green leafy vegetables are associated with mental well-being. The new study also revealed that exercise significantly reduced the negative association of eating unhealthy food with mental distress.

The study published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine, has important implications for healthcare professionals for creating custom diet plans to promote exercise and improve mental health in mature adults.

To Know More, You May Refer To:

Begdache, L., & Patrissy, C. M. (2021). Customization of diet may promote exercise and improve mental wellbeing in mature adults: The role of exercise as a mediator. Journal of Personalized Medicine, 11(5), 435. https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm11050435

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