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Tag: cardiovascular disease

Depression Linked to Chronic Disease in Women

Recent statistics reveal the jarring prevalence of depression among U.S. adults with an estimated 17.3 million affected American adults, or over 7% of the population. Although depression is a serious condition on its own, a growing body of research suggests it has a connection to a host of cardiometabolic conditions. While the comorbidity of depression and cardiovascular disease has been long known, the underlying mechanisms behind the connection are under investigation. Forthcoming studies implicate that not only heart disease can stem from depressive symptoms, but cancer, diabetes, and other cardiometabolic conditions have also been linked to mental illness.

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Could Exercise Counter a Sedentary Lifestyle?

On average, Americans currently spend around 11 hours a day sitting and research suggests that only about 20% of adults are meeting physical activity guidelines. The trend toward increasingly sedentary lifestyles is becoming a significant public health issue, resulting in an estimated $24 billion in direct medical spending. Research has long shown that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of heart disease and decreases life span. However, despite being linked to a number of chronic health conditions, long periods of sitting and inactivity are only increasing with growing technology and media consumption.

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