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Is there a diet for bipolar disorder?

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There is no specific bipolar diet. Nevertheless, it is important to make wise dietary choices that will help you maintain a healthy weight and stay well. These choices include:

  • Avoiding the "Western" style diet that's rich in red meats, saturated fats and trans fats, and simple carbohydrates. This eating style is linked to a higher risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Eating less saturated fats and simple carbohydrates can help overall health but does not directly affect the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
  • Eating a balance of protective, nutrient-dense foods. These foods include fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, lean meats, cold-water fish, eggs, low-fat dairy, soy products, and nuts and seeds. These foods provide the levels of nutrients necessary to maintain good health and prevent disease, in general.
  • Watching caloric intake and exercising regularly to maintain a healthy weight. Some findings show that those with bipolar disorder may have a greater risk for being overweight or obese. Talk to your doctor about ways to avoid weight gain when taking bipolar medications.

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "What You Need to Know About Dietary Supplements."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Depression and Other Illnesses."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 9, 2017

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "What You Need to Know About Dietary Supplements."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Depression and Other Illnesses."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 9, 2017

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