Depression itself is a disease, but chronic stress and depression can raise your risk of other diseases. New research has found that one answer for why this happens lies in a biochemical change to our genes. The findings could lead to a promising treatment and new understanding of what depression does to other systems in the body, thereby raising the risk for disease.
For a long time, scientists have known that diseases normally occurring as we grow older are also more frequently diagnosed in depressed patients. Cardiovascular problems, like heart disease and stroke, as well as brain diseases, like Alzheimer’s and dementia, are more common in the chronically depressed and stressed. While the connection was apparent, no one was quite sure why the two were related.
At the 2014 European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress in Berlin, study findings from a German and American team were presented by lead researcher, Dr Anthony Zannas of the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry.
According to Zannas, “We found that both aging and depression seem to lead to changes in how DNA is processed, and that this can control the expression of genes that regulate how we respond to stress.
These changes are associated with increased inflammation, and we believe that this may lead to the increased risk for several aging-related diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and neuropsychiatric disorders, that has been observed in chronically stressed and depressed individuals.”
In other words, the connection is that age and stress/depression affect the same genes. These genes cause increased inflammation, which can lead to a host of other problems. It goes back to the opposing systems of breakdown and repair as well as Insulin Efficiency.
The best advice is to seek the counsel of a medical profession. But on a day to day basis, Olumia Life offers numerous ways to reduce the risk. Exercise has a powerfully beneficial effect on the body. In fact, it has been shown that exercise helps reduce stress and anxiety. Also, getting enough sleep and eating right also help keep you in higher spirits.
When you are inactive, your body can become confused about how to operate. We are creatures built to be on the move more often than resting, which means a sedentary lifestyle, as has become increasingly popular, is associated with all sorts of health problems. As the scientists found, the genes that are disrupted by depression are also the ones that are causing the problems with breakdown and repair in your body.
Just as your genes cause changes in your body, the habits and actions of your body can have an effect on your genes. Olumia Life was developed with the interconnected nature of your body in mind. This means you will have a reasonable and proven approach to improving each aspect of your life, Sleep, Nutrition and Fitness, in order greatly improve your health as a whole. You can find more details about the Olumia Life diet, exercises and rest habits on the Olumia Life site and our app.
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