More and more studies this year are linking exercising with improved health. It’s as if the researchers behind these studies actually know what’s good for us, and want to keep us informed. In the most recent study from Atlanta, researchers show that depressed patients’ heart disease risk can benefit from exercise.
- Heart disease is still the number one killer in the United States, with over 600,000 victims yearly
- Depressed patients are at a higher risk of heart problems
- Symptoms of depression and heart disease are often very similar
- Regular exercise was tied to a lower number of depression symptoms in adults
- Stress and anxiety weren’t affected in any way by physical exercise
It has been a known fact for quite a while now that depressed people have a higher chance of developing heart disease. However, as it turns out, working out could be of great help to them in both cases.
The new study comes from the Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute in Atlanta, and it shows the relationship between regular exercise and depression’s effects on cardiovascular health.
Looking at a sample of 965 participants without any heart disease or depression symptoms, the researchers asked them a series of questions about their levels of physical activity, depression, as well as physical health.
Generally, artery inflammation and stiffening is associated with both heart disease and depression.
The results were not at all surprising.
Those participants that were found to be the most inactive were also found to suffer from the most symptoms of depression, as well as from those of heart disease.
Now, with the study being observational, the researchers didn’t find the reason behind the cause-effect relation, but they did find the relation nonetheless.
Whether it’s because of the release of endorphins, because of the other chemicals release in the body, or whether it’s all psychological, exercise was found to not only alleviate both depression and heart disease symptoms, but also to significantly lower the risk for developing either of them.
Since the study participants weren’t suffering from any of the two afflictions of interest to the study, the doctors can’t help but recommend regular physical exercise to everybody, without any issues, or suffering from any of the afflictions of interest.
What physical exercise didn’t seem to help with at all were anxiety and stress issues linked to heart disease. For those patients, a method to get rid of the stress they’re under should be a priority.
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