Food for Your Mood: Nutrition as a Part of the Treatment and Prevention of Major Depressive Disorder
In any given year, more than 17.3 million American adults—or about 7.1% of the U.S. population—aged 18 and older are affected by major depressive disorder (MDD). While dietary guidance is highly individualized, with proper advice, we can provide our patients with the tools to improve both their physical and mental health through diet.
For years we have been telling our patients to move more. With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to wide-spread shutdowns, stay-at-home orders and quarantine protocols, employees are working from home and finding new and even more sedentary daily routines than ever before. As a result of this physical inactivity, metabolic and musculoskeletal complications may lead to worsening of these chronic diseases and increase the number of physically disabled people in the years to come.