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New study to address the burden of bipolar disorder in the community

7 November 2012

A new study by Deakin University Medical School researchers is looking to improve the lives of people with dipolar disorder.

“Bipolar disorder is listed among the ten leading causes of disability worldwide, yet receives relatively little research attention when compared to depression or psychosis,” said Professor Michael Berk.

“We will be addressing this lack of research attention through our latest study which we hope will lead to improved treatments and better quality of life for people with bipolar disorder.”

The Deakin researchers, who are based at Barwon Health, have recently examined the link between diet and bipolar disorder and found that women with diets higher in fruit, vegetables, beef, lamb, fish and wholegrain foods were less likely to have the disorder than those with a higher intake of foods such as meat pies, processed meats, pizza, chips, hamburgers, white bread, sugar, flavoured milk drinks and beer.

To expand on these findings and provide further information on the disorder, new research is now being conducted in Geelong and the surrounding region to investigate the health and lifestyle factors associated with bipolar disorder.

The researchers are looking for more than 200 men and women with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder to participate in this study.

Participation involves completing questionnaires regarding mental and physical health, lifestyle and well-being, as well as clinical tests including bone density, performed at a one-off visit to the Geelong Hospital. All clinical tests including bone density are free of charge.

If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and are interested in participating in this research project please call Amanda 4215 3308.

News facts
  • Deakin Medical School researchers investigating the health and lifestyle factors associated with bipolar disorder
  • Researchers hope results of the study will lead to improved treatments and better quality of life for people with bipolar disorder

Media contact

Mandi O'Garretty
Deakin Media Relations
03 5227 2776; 0418 361 890
mandi.ogarretty@deakin.edu.au

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13th November 2012