Study Shows Link Between Depression and Heart Failure
Getting help for a bout of depression is good for the soul. It’ll help boost your emotional health and energy levels. And guess what? It’s also good for your heart… your actual, anatomical, blood-pumping heart.
Researchers looked at about 63,000 people in Norway who underwent physical and mental health assessments. They found that people with moderate to severe symptoms of depression were 40% more likely to develop heart failure, compared to those with no symptoms, while those with mild symptoms has a 5% increased risk.
The researchers adjusted for certain factors such as obesity and smoking, as depressed people tend to have less healthy lifestyles and such factors could cause both depression and heart failure.
The study’s author explained that depression triggers stress hormones that can promote inflammation and a buildup of plaque in the arteries, leading to heart disease.
Depression is a related condition of diabetes and prediabetes. Signs of depression include decreased energy, feelings of guilt or helplessness, insomnia, irritability, loss of interest in activities, overeating or appetite loss, and persistent sadness.
People who have both depression and prediabetes or diabetes need to have both conditions treated–which is key to a total comprehensive wellness program. Learn more about depression and diabetes.