You Won't Feel the Benefits of Exercise if You Have Depression

Exercise and proper diet regulation will provide a positive impact on a person's health condition. But according to one study, the benefits of exercise and other healthy behaviors would not be visible if the person applying such activity in a state of depression.

For the study said that people should be physically active have a C-reactive protein or CRP (a marker of inflammation in the body is identical to the risk factor of heart disease) are much less than those who are lazy or rarely exercise. However, this condition is not found in people who have symptoms of depression.

In other words, exercise does not affect levels of CRP someone while they are very fit due to regular exercise. Of course, this condition is dangerous because any person serajin exercise would be pointless if he was depressed because of the risk of heart disease will continue to haunt him.

"Our findings indicate that the depression is not only a direct impact on a person's physical and mental condition but also reduce the benefits of physical activity and increased consumption of alcohol," said lead author Edward Suarez, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC as reported by LiveScience, Sunday (31/03/2013).

"If subsequent studies successfully ensure the correctness of these findings mean that the doctors should consider depression as an additional therapy to reduce the risk of heart disease, coupled with exercise and a healthy diet. Moreover, if the depression never addressed, then the condition will continue to worsen from month to months to chronic, "he added.

Even so, the researchers admitted that the findings are quite weak because it only found a link between the benefits of exercise with depression, rather than causality. Moreover, Suarez said depression seen in this study are only known from the results of the questionnaire, rather than a clinical diagnosis.

In addition, the research team did not evaluate whether participants suffered from heart disease or keep track of their condition to determine whether people with depression are at higher risk of heart disease or not. However, some other studies have revealed that depressed people at high risk of heart disease and vice versa.

The new study has been published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.