Depression is usually seen as a result of something, other than a cause of something. Thus, it is seen as an end, more than a means to an end to a physically ailing person. But a new study suggests that it can also be the other way around. A person diagnosed with debilitating illness is known to more likely wallow in depression. But a depressed person may likely put their health at risk, especially to heart-related illness.
Mens sana in corpore sano;
means, a sound mind in a sound body. Experts have long observed the association between psychological and physical well-being
. But mental illness is known to only play a minor role in physical illness like heart disease, until now.
A study conducted by researchers at Technical University of Munich found that depression plays an equally adverse role to your heart as with obesity and high cholesterol levels, while both come second to smoking and high-blood pressure.
The researchers observed 3,500 German men between the ages of 45 and 74 years, over a period of 10 years. They collected physical and mental health data of these men. They compared the analyzed data of clinical depression with other known risks for heart disease.
Surprisingly, the analysis showed that men with depression have higher risk of fatal heart disease than men with high cholesterol levels or obesity. In total, 15 percent of cardiovascular-related deaths attributed to depression.
Dr. Karl-Heinz Ladwig, a professor of psychosomatic medicine who lead the study said in a statement, "In high risk patients, the diagnostic investigation of co-morbid depression should be standard."
“In the meantime, when treating individuals with cardiovascular disease, physicians should consider screening for these psychological risk factors, and addressing them if found.”
is published in journal Atherosclerosis
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