Navigation Links
Another Danger of Depression?
Date:3/29/2013

FRIDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- People with untreated depression may not gain the full benefits of certain healthy lifestyle habits, according to a new study.

The anti-inflammatory effects typically associated with exercise and light to moderate alcohol consumption may be hindered by depression, the Duke Medicine researchers said.

They added that their findings suggest another potential danger of depression, which affects about 1 in 10 adults in the United States.

For the study, the researchers looked at the exercise levels and alcohol consumption of more than 200 nonsmoking, healthy adults with no history or diagnosis of mental illness. Screening tests revealed, however, that 4.5 percent of the participants met the criteria for depression.

The researchers also analyzed levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in blood samples collected from the participants. CRP is used to predict future risk of heart disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions, and may also play a role in the formation of plaque that accumulates in arteries.

Previous research has shown that exercise and moderate alcohol consumption -- defined as one drink a day for women and two a day for men -- can reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In contrast, diabetes is associated with higher CRP levels and increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Participants in this study who were physically active generally had lower CRP levels, with the exception of those with depression. The researchers also found that light to moderate alcohol consumption was associated with lower CRP levels in men who were not depressed, but not in those with depression.

Among women, depression did not have much effect on CRP levels in those who didn't drink, drank occasionally or were light to moderate drinkers, according to the study, published online March 26 in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

"Our findings suggest depression not only directly affects an individual's mental and physical health but it also might also diminish the health benefits of physical activities and moderate alcohol consumption," lead author Edward Suarez, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, said in a Duke Medicine news release.

"This appears to be specific to inflammation, which we know increases the risk for heart disease, so our findings suggest that depression could be a complicating risk factor," he added.

The findings could prove important to doctors when deciding how best to help patients reduce their risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Although the research showed an association between depression and diminished returns on healthy lifestyle habits, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about depression.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Duke Medicine, news release, March 26, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Another Painful Period…or a Problem? Understanding Endometriosis
2. Another Study Says Mediterranean Diet Good for the Heart
3. FDA Issues Another Warning on Fake Version of Cancer Drug Avastin
4. 2012 Marks Another Year of Expansion and Growth for OzLINK
5. US Drug Watchdog Now Urges All Metal on Metal Hip Implant Failure Victims To Get A New Opinion From Another Orthopedic Surgeon Before They Get Stuck With a New Problem
6. Vaccines Might Become Another Way to Fight Cancer
7. Deer Ticks Carry Yet Another Bacterial Threat
8. Law Firm of Garcia & Phan Settles Another "Pre-litigation Settlement" for Online Trademark/Copyright Infringement on Behalf of their Client CortiSLIM® International
9. US Drug Watchdog Now Fears Thousands of Senior Citizen Recipients Of A All Metal Hip Implant Are Not Complaining About A Failure Because They Don't Want Another Surgery
10. Climate Change May Bring Another Mosquito-Borne Illness to U.S.
11. Houston, we have another problem
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Another Danger of Depression?
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Award-winning medical group Allied ... as new board chair for Orange County health care system CalOptima Friday. CalOptima ... soon-to-be former chair Mark Refowitz’s term, which runs through June 30 of this ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... million people suffering from acne, access to quality care can be limited while the ... skincare company that offers customized prescription acne care for every customer online, today released ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... , ... The Executives, Staff & Clients of MGE: Management Experts joined forces ... Literacy Campaign at their Semi-Annual Graduation and Fundraiser Event at MGE’s St. Petersburg Office. ... number 14 internationally in literacy. Statistically, a direct relation can be a found between ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 ... ... credential, which will be offered by the American Association of Integrative Medicine and ... presentations for healthcare providers at the AutismOne 2017 Conference in Colorado Springs. , ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... Camp Conference in Atlantic City March 13-16, was a busy spot this year. ... professional staff discussed strategies for preventing outbreaks among camp communities during the upcoming ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... 2017 The National University of Singapore ... analytics company, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) ... in the region. Under this ... and Technology (BIGHEART) at NUS and Holmusk will ... to healthcare IT and medical device development. These ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... 27, 2017  ImMAGE Biotherapeutics (OTCMKTS: IMMG), an early-stage ... early toxicology and efficacy studies. The company is harnessing ... specific protein, MAGE A, in an effort to find ... After 4 weeks of treatment in transgenic ... little toxicity in a full toxicology report of various ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... Calif. , March 27, 2017  Sanderling ... acquired by Ethicon, a division of Johnson & ... System for the treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux disease ... sphincter augmentation (MSA) technology and the procedure is ... centers. Torax Medical was founded by ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: