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Walk Away From Depression


Diabetes doubles your risk for depression, but you may be able to take steps—literally—to fight those odds, even if you have genes that make you more susceptible to depression. At the beginning of a study, 7,968 adults (the average age was 60) described their daily activities, including exercise. Less than 10 percent had diabetes, and none had been treated for depression for at least a year. They also had their genes analyzed. Two years later, participants with certain genes were more likely to have been diagnosed with depression—with one significant exception. Those with depression-linked genes who got 35 minutes of daily exercise had no such elevated odds. More good news: Both low-intensity and high-intensity exercise appear to offer protection from depression. Try yoga, stretching, aerobic workouts such as dancing, or the exercise machines at your local gym.
Source: Depression & Anxiety, Nov. 5, 2019



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