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As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
Depression is a very common health issue which affects millions of people world-wide. As a matter of fact, depression is the second most common cause of disability on a global scale accounting for lost time, decreased quality of life and high treatment costs.
Many people see their health care providers because they are experiencing symptoms of depression and need treatment. The vast majority of pole will receive a prescription drug to treat their depression. There are a number of anti-depressants typically prescribed which accounts for one of the most commonly prescribed drugs.
Did you know that there are other alternatives to the management of depression?
Recently, some new research has given millions of patients hope in the management of this crippling mental illness. A recent study which evaluated 25 major studies involving participants from the ages of 11-100 years indicated that even modest amounts of physical activity (less than 2.5 hours of walking per week) was associated with a decreased risk of developing depression.
According to lead author of this study, “It was a little surprising that 25 of the studies found this protective effect, and that’s really promising.” “We also did quality assessments on each study, and the majority were of high methodologic quality, which adds weight to the findings.” “From a population health perspective, promoting PA may serve as a valuable mental health…strategy in reducing the risk of developing depression.”
This is in fact the case if you look at the evidence regarding the effects of physical activity upon the development of depression and the severity or frequency of symptoms experienced by patients previously diagnosed. Not only is exercise protective from ever experiencing depression, but if you already experience it, regular exercise can lessen your symptom burden!
The studies the researchers examined looked at the relationship between physical activity and the development of depression over several time intervals. The follow-up periods varied from 1-27 years and the results of the analysis indicated that 25 of the studies showed a significant decrease in the development of depression in those who were the most physically active.
Although the studies varied in the degree of benefit offered from exercise, one factor was evident.
The more the subjects exercised, the greater the degree of protection afforded to them. The current study indicated that it didn’t matter what type of exercise was completed as long as it was a given duration. Even 20-30 minutes of walking per day was shown to be somewhat protective in the development of depression.
The most important feature that this study really reveals is how physical activity performed over time can influence the development of depression. In the studies examined which looked at the association between exercise and the development of depression over time, it was shown that decreasing the volume of exercise over time was associated with a greater risk of developing depression while maintaining or increasing activity levels protected against the development of depression!
Efforts designed to get people more physically active will not only help them achieve their physical health goals but will help prevent depression and improve their quality of life.
This information is not just important for those who are aging…it is especially relevant to those who are in the workplace where mental health issues are the number one cause of work absence and loss of productivity.
Of course….not to mention the tremendous toll this has upon individuals and their families!
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project