The best medicine for depression is “exercise” (study)

Exercise has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of developing depression. It also helps in curing depression.

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge’s School of Clinical Medicine in England found a link between physical activity and depression risk by analyzing 15 existing studies involving 191,000 people, along with data on exercise and depression.

According to the research team, those who did about 150 minutes of brisk walking per week had a significantly lower risk of depression than those who did not exercise at all. 150 minutes of exercise per week is recommended by the general health authorities.

The study found that people who did about half the recommended amount of physical activity had an 18% lower risk of depression compared to those who did not do it at all. Those who followed the recommended dose had a 25% lower risk of depression.

However, exercise more than the recommended amount was found to decrease the effectiveness. Depression is the leading cause of the burden of mental health-related diseases affecting approximately 280 million people worldwide.

Dr Jennifer Hayes, a brain health expert at McMaster University in Canada, said, “Exercise is good for curing people with depression, but the problem is that it can be difficult to motivate them to move.” Information about good effects can be helpful.”

“People have to try to move a little bit every day,” he said.

Dr. Antonia Baum, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at George Washington University in the US, said, “There are many reasons why exercise can be beneficial for mental health,” said Dr. said.

“There’s a link between heart health and depression,” he said. “Exercise improves blood circulation to the brain and can affect inflammation and the body’s immune response,” he said. There are also benefits of,” he added.

“It can be difficult to estimate the amount of exercise needed to prevent or alleviate depression,” the research team said. Experts say, “It is good to exercise moderately according to one’s physical condition through consultation with the attending physician.”

The results of this study (Association Between Physical Activity and Risk of Depression) were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA Psychiatry).

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