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Friday, 3 December 2010

Depression and Related Problems

The World Health Organization has predicted that depression will be the world's leading cause of disability by 2020. But what can we do about it?

Well, it may not break any records but for a start - let's try and minimise smoking!

Based on the results of a new study, researchers involved recommend quitting smoking to improve mood! In the study they tracked the symptoms of depression in people who were trying to quit and found that they were never happier than when they were being successful, for however long that was.

"The assumption has often been that people might smoke because it has antidepressant properties and that if they quit it might unmask a depressive episode," said Kahler. "What's surprising is that at the time when you measure smokers' mood, even if they've only succeeded for a little while, they are already reporting less symptoms of depression."

With smokers that only quit temporarily, their moods were clearly brightest at the checkups when they were abstinent but after going back to smoking, their became more depressed and sometimes the depression was actually worse than before. Surprisingly, participants who never quit remained the unhappiest of all.

So if you want to start feeling better, it's time to stop smoking!

And best get started quickly as another study has found that depression may be a consequence of and risk factor for Diabetes!

Research found that women with depression were about 17% more likely to develop diabetes after controlling for other risk factors, such as physical activity and body mass index (BMI). Those who were taking antidepressants had a 25% higher risk of developing diabetes than those who did not have depression.

After controlling for other risk factors for mood disorders, women with diabetes were 29% more likely to develop depression. Women who took insulin for diabetes had a further increased risk -- 53% higher than women without diabetes.

The WHO may be right, and if so - maybe we need to look at all this small things to try and curb depression in society. Maybe it seems like very small changes, but a number of small changes add up to something bigger!

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