Depression reduce the benefits of a healthy lifestyle
You may not smoke or drink alcohol, but all the benefits of a healthy lifestyle will be hindered by the depression you are experiencing. As reported by Health (31/3), researchers from Duke Medicine says that they have found another potential danger of depression, which affects about 1 in 10 adults in the United States.
In this study, the researchers looked at the intensity of exercise and alcohol consumption of more than 200 healthy adults with no history or diagnosed with mental illness. However, screening tests revealed that 4.5 percent of the research object meets the criteria for depression.
The researchers also analyzed the levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in blood samples collected from the participants. CRP is used to predict future risk for heart disease and chronic inflammatory conditions, as well as playing a role in the formation of plaque that accumulates in the arteries.
“Our findings suggest that depression not only directly affects the individual’s mental and physical health, but also reduces the health benefits of physical activity and the benefits of being non-alcoholic,” says Edward Suarez, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, in a news release.