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Depression tied to shorter lifespan

Depression has long been linked to a variety of health problems, in part because it may lead to physiological changes in the body

Lisa Rapaport | Reuters 

People who suffer from depression may not live as long as individuals who don’t experience this mental health disorder, a Canadian study suggests. Researchers examined six decades of mental health and mortality data on 3,410 adults during three time periods: 1952 to 1967, 1968 to 1990 and 1991 to 2011. Depression was associated with an increased risk of premature death in every decade of the study for men, and starting in the 1990s for women. The connection between depression and a shorter lifespan appeared strongest in the years following a depressive episode, leading the ...

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First Published: Sat, October 28 2017. 22:20 IST