Consuming a high-fat diet may cause brain changes that lead to anxiety and depression, according to a study published in October in the British Journal of Pharmacology. While laying off the milkshakes and cheeseburgers and switching to a healthy diet is effective in reversing metabolic changes, it doesn’t help with the mood problems (sorry!).
According to a new study by Yale researchers published in Neuropsychopharmacology, the drug Ketamine could help reverse depression and anxiety caused by overeating. The rapid acting antidepressant, also known as Special K, “reverses the behavioral deficits caused by HFD [high fat diet].”
Do the findings sound too good to be true? Well, the proof is in the ketamine. After the Yale researchers fed mice a high-fat diet for four months, the researchers found that the rodents exhibited symptoms of depression; but those symptoms were reversed after the rats were given a low dose of ketamine.
Does this mean you should go binge-eat fast food for four months then take Ketamine on the reg? Probably not. But it is a huge deal for those currently suffering from depression and type 2 diabetes.