June 20, 2004

Nutrition Affects Long-Term Schizophrenia Outcome

Results from four out of five placebo-controlled studies in England, as well as a cross-national analysis of schizophrenia outcomes in relation to national dietary practice, all confirm that an excess of sugar and saturated fat in the diet appears to worsen the long-term outcome of schizophrenia.

Consuming high amounts of sugar and fat cause the brain to produce less of the protein product brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF plays an important role in forming new neural growths and synapses.

Dr. Malcolm peet of Swallownest Court Hospital confirms the effects of diet. "It appears that the same dietary factors which are associated with the metabolic syndrome, including high saturated fat, high glycemic load, and low omega-3 PUFA, may also be detrimental to the symptoms of schizophrenia, possibly through a common mechanism involving brain-derived neurotrophic factor."

Source: Managed Care Law Weekly, pg. 70

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So is their A diet which Schizophrenia patients can follow, you mention omega 3, but I sure their is a strick diet for the brain which can produce seritone and neural growth. as well for weight loss, Because the better you feel about yourself is also important, in a patients daily life and activity.
IF you know of a diet please email it to me.

Posted by: Derek at July 6, 2004 10:04 PM

Its nice to know these facts...thank you Kathy

Posted by: kathryn wilkins at July 29, 2004 11:31 AM

I went to a nutritionist who recommended cutting out wheat and gluten and lactose from my diet. This has lessened my symptoms considerably, although I am still taking my medication. I also take mega epa and a product called sea energy which I believe help considerably.

As an extension to diet have you considered air - namely CO2 levels - the buteyko system also helped me with levels of anxiety associated with schizophrenia and I found a study on the internet which showed that low C02 can be a factor in schizophrenia.

I would recommend going to a nutritionist and taking their recommendations as they will be able to tailor a diet to your symptoms

Posted by: Katey at November 23, 2005 02:39 PM

If you already have bipolar disorder and some signs of schizophrenia, is it possible to become schizophrenic by eating only foods high in sugar and saturated fat?

Posted by: Laura at January 16, 2006 01:05 PM

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