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Depression Connected to Early Death Risk

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Depression has always been considered an emotional issue, taking a toll on a person’s mental well-being. However, in recent years, medical professionals have begun to recognize its physiological effects on sufferers, as well.

A new Canadian study furthers this thinking, connecting depression to an overall shortened lifespan. After reviewing information on 3,410 adults dating back to 1952, the researchers found a link between depression and an increased risk of early death.

The team noticed that the risk for premature death was greatest in the years immediately following a depressive episode, which they felt demonstrated how treatment could possibly play an important life-saving role.

Depression has been linked to physiological changes in the body, including difficulty recovering after a heart attack. It also tends to increase the risk of unhealthy behaviors like sleeplessness, poor eating habits, unsafe sex, smoking, and drinking. But this study factored those behaviors in and still found that, when those activities were removed, patients with depression still faced an increased risk of early death.

There were three time periods used in the study: 1952 to 1967, 1968 to 1990, and 1991 to 2011. The team found that in the first time period, those with depression had a life expectancy that was 10 years shorter for women and 12 years shorter for men. In the second wave, life expectancy dropped by seven years for men, and in the third study period, female life expectancy dropped by seven years, while men had a life expectancy that was shortened by 18 years.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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