These publications are examples of research made possible with data from CanPath and its regional cohorts.


The role of ultra-processed food consumption and depression on type 2 diabetes incidence: a prospective community study in Quebec, Canada

Authors: Akankasha Sen, Anne-Sophie Brazeau, Sonya Deschênes, Hugo Ramiro Melgar-Quiñonez, Norbert Schmitz

Researchers analyzed the association between depression and ultra-processed food (UPF) consumption as risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes (T2D) using baseline data (2009-2010) from 3,880 CARTaGENE participants. Participants with high depressive symptoms and high UPF consumption were at the highest risk for T2D. The study suggests that early management and monitoring of both risk factors could be essential for diabetes prevention.

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Associations between cognitive function, metabolic factors and depression: A prospective study in Quebec, Canada

Authors: Floriana Ferri, Sonya Dechenes, Niamh Power, Norbert Schmitz

The study used baseline and follow-up CARTaGENE data to assess the potential interactions between low cognitive function, metabolic risk factors and history of depression as risk factors for future depressive episodes. Participants with a comorbidity of at least one metabolic factor, history of depression and low cognitive function were found to have the highest risk of experiencing a depressive episode in middle age.

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Anxiety and Depression Symptom Comorbidity and the Risk of Heart Disease: A Prospective Community-Based Cohort Study

Authors: SS Descenes, RJ Burns, N Schmitz

This article was looking at the association between anxiety/depression and heart disease. They found depression without anxiety had a higher risk of heart disease. There was no significant risk of heart disease when there was anxiety, but not depression.

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