Depression in young men linked to higher risk of early death from any cause

Depression in young men linked to higher risk of early death from any cause

Of a group of young men (18-39) studied in the 1970s, those experiencing depression when the study started were nearly twice as likely to have died from any cause by 2011, 40 years later. 

Depression & Diet
We know that depression is closely linked with diet and we know that those eating junk-food have a more-than-50% higher risk of depression.  We also know that obesity and weight problems fuel depression, and that obesity and weight problems are dominated by diet.

The research
The researchers reviewed data from the Community Mental Health Epidemiology Study from the early 1970s (collating depressive episodes) and then compared this data with death certificates up to 2011.  The research found that of those young men aged 18-39, experiencing depression when the study started, were nearly twice as likely to have died from any cause by 2011.  This is compared with those who did not have depression symptoms in the original survey. 

A higher percentage of deaths also occurred in the category of “accidental deaths”, which included suicides. 

Study by Wyman L, et al., “Depressed mood and cause-specific mortality: a 40-year general community assessment” as published in the Annals of Epidemiology (2012).  As reported by the Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health on August 14, 2012.

Posted: Saturday 29 September 2012

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