• Asociación entre consumo de frutas y verduras con prevalencia de depresión

      Bernabe Ortiz, Antonio; Maguiña, Jorge L.; Wolniczak Rodriguez, Isabella (Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), 2017-02-21)
      There is evidence suggesting a healthy diet may reduce the risk of depression. The aim of this study was to assess the association between fruits and vegetables consumption and the presence of depressive symptoms in Peru. Materials and methods: Secondary analysis of the Encuesta Nacional Demográfica y Salud Familiar (ENDES) 2014. The study included people aged 18 years and over, habitual residents of selected households. The outcome was presence of depressive symptoms evaluated using the PHQ-9 (cutoff > 14). The exposure of interest was self-reported fruit and vegetables consumption assessed using an adaptation of the questionnaire STEPs from World Health Organization (WHO) and divided into tertiles. Prevalence ratios (PR) and 95% confidence intervals (95%CI) were estimated using Poisson regression models and adjusting for the study’s multistage design. Results: A total of 25901 participants were included in the analysis; of these, 13972 (53.9%) women, mean age of 44.2 (SD 17.7) years. The prevalence of fruits and vegetables consumption according to WHO recommendation was 3.5% (95%CI: 3.3%-3.7%), while depressive symptoms prevalence was 3.2% (95%CI: 3.0%-3.4%). In the multivariable analysis, and compared with the highest tertile of fruits and vegetables consumption, those in the middle tertile (PR=1.38, 95%CI 1.01-1.87) and lower tertile (PR=1.81, 95% CI 1.36-2.45) were more likely to have depressive symptoms. Conclusions: The study shows an inverse association between vegetables and fruits consumption and the presence of depressive symptoms. These results may be useful to generate strategies for promoting better diet in similar contexts.
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