Heightened Depression Risk Found Among Women Who Were Sedentary

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Many researches and studies have been established saying that sedentary lifestyle is associated with the development of various diseases especially lifestyle related diseases such as those cardiovascular disorders. This health problem has been already a long decade health issue, however many individuals seemed not affected with the possible effects of their unhealthy sedentary lifestyle with very few to no exercises. Still, many evidences are appearing about the bad health effects of having sedentary lifestyle. In fact, new study found out that those women who spend most of their time watching television, and has limited quantity of exercises are linked to have higher risk for depression.

Depression is a mood disorder in which the person feels very low. This disorder must be considered a serious medical illness because it can further lead to a fatal event such as suicide. It has been reported that there is an increase of individuals who are suffering from depression, and this necessitates immediate medical and psychological intervention. Signs and symptoms of individuals who are experiencing depression include: sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy, change in weight, difficulty sleeping or oversleeping, energy loss, feelings of worthlessness, thoughts of death or suicide.

According to the US Uplift Program, Depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or about 9.5% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. This includes major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, and bipolar disorder. Everyone, will at some time in their life be affected by depression — their own or someone else’s, according to Australian Government statistics.

The new study appeared recently in the American Journal of Epidemiology.According to the findings, women who have low levels of exercises and spent most of their time watching television have been linked to heightened risk of developing depression. Also, results suggest that those women who exercise frequently and have less amount of time spent watching television have decrease risk.

The study involves the analysis of data gathered from women who participated in answering questionnaires every two years from 1992 to 2000 in the Nurses’ Health Study. The study participants were asked certain questions about their watching television habits and the physical activities. Researchers then calculated the number of hour spent by the women in both watching television and in their physical activities.

Researchers used data of about 49,821 women who do not have depression in year 1996. Follow up was done and the researchers found out that that about 6,505 women had incident cases of depression. Details were further more specified considering women who had exercised a lot and women who spent great number of hours watching televisions.

Moreover, those women who exercised for an average of more than 90 minutes per day had 20 per cent lowered risk of depression, and those women who spent watching television for about 21 hours or more have 13 per cent higher risk of developing depression as compared to those who exercise a lot and spent little time in watching TV.

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