Article

Dietary intake of folate, other B vitamins, and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in relation to depressive symptoms in Japanese adults.

Department of Epidemiology and International Health, Research Institute, International Medical Center of Japan, Tokyo, Japan. <>
Nutrition (Impact Factor: 3.05). 02/2008; 24(2):140-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.nut.2007.10.013
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Although a favorable effect of dietary folate and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) on depression is suggested from epidemiologic studies in Western countries, evidence from non-Western populations is lacking. We examined cross-sectional associations between the intake of folate, other B vitamins, and omega-3 PUFAs and depressive symptoms in Japanese adults.
Subjects were 309 Japanese men and 208 Japanese women 21-67 y of age. Dietary intake was assessed with a validated, brief, self-administered diet history questionnaire. Depressive symptoms were defined as present when subjects had a Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale score > or =16. Adjustment was made for age, body mass index, work place, marital status, occupational physical activity, leisure-time physical activity, current smoking, current alcohol drinking, and job stress score.
The prevalences of depressive symptoms were 36% for men and 37% for women. Folate intake showed a statistically significant, inverse, and linear association with depressive symptoms in men but not in women. The multivariate odds ratios (95% confidence intervals) for depressive symptoms for men in the first, second, third, and fourth quartiles of folate intake were 1.00 (reference), 0.78 (0.38-1.63), 0.57 (0.27-1.18), and 0.50 (0.23-1.06), respectively (P for trend = 0.045). No statistically significant linear association was observed for the intake of riboflavin, pyridoxine, cobalamin, total omega-3 PUFAs, alpha-linolenic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid, or docosahexaenoic acid in either sex.
Higher dietary intake of folate was associated with a lower prevalence of depressive symptoms in Japanese men but not women.

0 Followers
 · 
73 Views
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Higher vitamin B status has been linked to a lower risk for cancer, but the underlying mechanism remains elusive. The aim of the present study was to examine the association of pyridoxal, folate, and homocysteine (Hcy) with urinary 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), a marker of oxidative DNA damage. The participants were 500 employees (293 men and 207 women), ages 21 to 66 y, of two municipal offices in Japan. Serum pyridoxal and Hcy concentrations were measured using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method, and serum folate concentrations were measured using chemiluminescent immunoassay. Urinary 8-OHdG concentrations were measured using HPLC method. Multiple regression was used to estimate means of 8-OHdG for each tertile of pyridoxal, folate, and Hcy with adjustment for potential confounders. In multivariate analysis, 8-OHdG concentration was inversely associated with pyridoxal concentration in men (P for trend = 0.045) but not in women. The association in men was confined to non-smokers (P for trend = 0.033) or those who consumed no or < 20 g/d of ethanol (P for trend = 0.048). 8-OHdG concentrations were not appreciably associated with folate and Hcy concentrations. The results suggest that vitamin B6, but not folate and homocysteine, plays a role against oxidative DNA damage in Japanese men.
    Nutrition 06/2013; DOI:10.1016/j.nut.2013.03.014
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: We sought to explore the relationship between depressive symptoms and urinary 8-hydroxydeoxyguanine (8-OHdG), a biomarker of systemic oxidative DNA damage and repair, among 301 men and 210 women aged 21-67 years working in two municipal offices. Depressive symptoms were assessed using the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale (CES-D). The geometric mean and its 95% confidence interval (CI) of urinary 8-OHdG concentrations were calculated according to the quartile of CES-D score. The prevalence of depressive symptoms, defined as having CES_D of ≥16, was 35.9% in men and 35.2% in women. There was no significant difference in geometric mean of urinary 8-OHdG concentrations according to the levels of depressive symptoms. In men, the multivariable-adjusted geometric mean of urinary 8-OHdG concentrations (95% CIs) in the first, second, third, and fourth category of depressive symptoms was 1.09 (1.02-1.16), 1.16 (1.08-1.24), 1.15 (1.07-1.24), and 1.10 (1.02-1.18), respectively (p for trend=0.86). Similarly, no significant association was found in the analyses among women, nonsmoking men, and smoking men. The lack of association between depressive symptoms and urinary 8-OHdG concentrations may indicate the absence or more complex interactions between milder forms of depression and systemic oxidative DNA damage and repair in well-functioning population.
    Psychiatry Research 06/2012; 200(2-3). DOI:10.1016/j.psychres.2012.05.035
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: It remains unsettled whether dietary patterns play a role in insulin resistance. We assessed the association of major dietary patterns with C-peptide concentrations in a Japanese working population. A cross-sectional study was conducted in 456 municipal employees (270 men and 186 women) 21 to 67 y old who participated in a health survey at the time of their periodic checkup. The dietary patterns were derived by using the principal component analysis of the consumption of 52 food and beverage items, which was assessed by a validated brief dietary history questionnaire. Multiple regression analysis was used to estimate the means of C-peptide concentrations across tertiles of each dietary pattern score with the adjustment of potential confounders, including age, body mass index, physical activity, smoking, alcohol drinking, and energy intake. We identified three dietary patterns: healthy, animal food, and Westernized breakfast patterns. The Westernized breakfast pattern was characterized by high intakes of bread, confectionaries, and milk and yogurt but low intakes of rice and alcohol and was inversely associated with C-peptide concentrations in women but not in men. The multivariable-adjusted means of C-peptide concentrations were 1.03 ng/mL (95% confidence interval 0.95-1.12), 0.95 ng/mL (95% confidence interval 0.88-1.03), and 0.89 ng/mL (95% confidence interval 0.82-0.97) for the lowest through the highest tertiles of the Westernized breakfast pattern score (P for trend = 0.015) in women. Other dietary patterns were not appreciably associated with C-peptide concentrations. In a subgroup, similar associations were observed between dietary patterns and the homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance. The Westernized breakfast pattern may be associated with a lower insulin resistance in Japanese women.
    Nutrition 06/2012; 28(9):e29-35. DOI:10.1016/j.nut.2012.01.018