Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Depression tied to physical ills

Depression, loneliness tied to physical ills Reuters/Yahoo!News 1/5/07 "Depression, severe mental illness and loneliness are linked to illnesses such as heart disease and dementia...Dr. Jesse Stewart, formerly of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, found a correlation between depression and hardening of the arteries in his three-year study of 324 men and women who averaged 60 years old...The arteries of those who were most depressed had narrowed twice as much as those who were least depressed, the study found...Depression may also upset the body's regulation of glands that release chemicals governing energy level and growth, and alter the functioning of cells responsible for blood clotting...a British study of 46,136 severely mentally ill people found those who were younger than 50 were more than three times as likely to die from coronary heart disease and stroke than people not suffering from mental illness. Mental illness more than doubled the risk of dying from heart disease for people up to age 75...A third study found that a persistent feeling of loneliness among the elderly doubled their risk of developing Alzheimer's-like symptoms compared to those who felt connected to others"

If it's not enough that mental illness' cause great suffering psychologically... now there's considerable evidence that the body suffers badly under mental illness.

More reason for those with mental illness to go nuts with proven preventative medicine that might be able to address all these other illnesses.

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