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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What Does Depression Have To Do With Heart Disease? -- More Than You Think!

What Does Depression Have To Do With Heart Disease? -- More Than You Think!
Depression is a disease, one that goes way beyond psychological. This is a fact that most people are not aware of. The truth is that depression can lead to all kinds of serious health problems, including heart disease.

How depression affects your body

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is a common but serious illness. Depression is an illness of the brain caused by genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. It is not to be taken lightly. There are several types of depression disorders, but what they all have in common is the inability to function normally in daily life. Symptoms include:

  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of interest in everyday activities, including exercise
  • Lack of interest in taking care of one's health

Overeating/not eating

Both overeating and loss of appetite brings its own set of health problems. Overeating due to depression can increase weight gain which increases the risk of developing heart disease. Loss of appetite can lead to nutritional deficiencies that can affect both brain function and heart health.


The good news is that changes in both lifestyle and eating habits in itself will help with the affects of depression and prevent it from causing further damage to your heart and brain. This is not to say that people with depression do not need medication; this is something for you and your doctor to decide. But studies have found that the symptoms of depression can be improved by exercise and diet.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine states that "Several reports indicate that physical activity can reduce the severity of symptoms in depressed patients." Another study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations states that "Dietary modification and vitamin and mineral supplementation in some cases reduce the symptoms of depression or result in an improvement in general well-being."

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