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.”
A new study from the University of Granada, Spain, shows that contrary to the widespread belief, those who make self-deprecating jokes do not have low self-esteem, nor they are predisposed to depression. In fact, scientists suggest that this type of people may be happier and better socially adjusted than others.
Having analyzed the material received in the study, the scientists concluded that self-defeating humor was associated with greater anger suppression. On the contrary, those people who use self-enhancing humor also tend to manage their anger better or simply feel less angry.
Study co-author Ginés Navarro-Carrillo says: “The results suggest that humor, even when presented as benign or well-intentioned, can also represent a strategy for masking negative intentions. [Humor] enables individuals with low scores in honesty to build trust, closeness, etc. with other people, and thereby use important information in order to manipulate them or obtain advantages in the future.”