A new Irish study finds that vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of developing depression by up to 75% in senior people.
The study included data collected from 3,965 people older than 50 years who participated in The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). The people were followed for 4 years, and by the end of the study period developed depression. People with a lack of vitamin D demonstrated a 75% higher risk of depression.
One of the researchers Eamon Laird from Trinity College Dublin comments: “Given that vitamin D is safe in the recommended intakes and is relatively cheap, this study adds to the growing evidence on the benefits of vitamin D for health.”
A recent research from the US finds that people who go to bed and wake up early have a lower risk of developing depression.
A team of researchers analyzed the relevant medical data of 32,470 female participants who were aged 55 years on average. In 2009, at the start of the study, all participants were depression-free. In the course of the study, they reported changes in their health in questionnaires after 2 years.
Having analyzed the gathered data, the team concluded that early birds had a 12–27% lower risk of depression than other participants.
Lead study author Céline Vetter says: “Alternatively, when and how much light you get also influences chronotype, and light exposure also influences depression risk. Disentangling the contribution of light patterns and genetics on the link between chronotype and depression risk is an important next step.”
A new study, executed by the researchers from New Zealand, suggests that raw vegetables, carrot and spinach, can boost people’s mood, improve appetite, and ward off depression because they contain more essential nutrients than cooked vegetables and fruit.
For the study, the researchers analyzed the eating habits of more than 400 adults aged between 18 and 25. This age group believed to have the lowest consumption of fruit and vegetables. The analysis showed that people who consumed more raw fruit and vegetables had lower mental disease symptoms such as depression.
Lead researcher Dr. Tamlin Conner from the University of Otago says: “This research is increasingly vital as lifestyle approaches such as dietary change may provide an accessible, safe, and adjuvant approach to improving mental health.”
A new study, conducted by the American Heart Association, suggests that people with depression are at higher risk for a common heart arrhythmia.
During the study, a team of scientists found that those patients who were on antidepressants or scored in the highest category for depression symptoms were at 30% higher risk of atrial fibrillation.
Lead study author Dr. Parveen Garg explains: “Our findings identify a large portion of Americans who may be at an increased risk for developing atrial fibrillation. Clinicians and patients should be aware that depression has been shown in several studies to be a risk factor for heart disease in general and, in this study, for atrial fibrillation as well.”
A new study from Rush University in Chicago, US, suggests that eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains reduces people’s risk of developing depression by more than 10%.
For the study, a team of researchers analyzed 964 people whose average age was 81 years every 12 months for approximately six and a half years. The participants of the research have been monitored for symptoms of depression.
Study author Dr. Laurel Cherian says: “Making lifestyle changes such as changing your diet is often preferred over taking medications, so we wanted to see in diet could be an effective way to reduce the risk of depression.”
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