A new study has shown that moderate exercise can treat major depression. The study involved 450 people who were between the ages of 18 and 65. The subjects were asked to exercise 45 minutes, three times a week. The study lasted for nine weeks.
The subjects were asked to engage in various forms of exercise including biking, swimming, jogging and walking. The results of the study showed that the subjects had a major improvement in their depression symptoms after exercising for four weeks. They still continued to have improvement in their symptoms after nine weeks.
According to a Forbes.com article, the researchers found that the effects that exercise had on depression were similar to the effects of antidepressants. In fact, the researchers believe that exercise may be more effective than antidepressants for treating depression. Dr. Ioannis D. Morres is the lead author of the study. He stated that the results of the study are promising. He also believes that mental health professionals should recommend exercise to people who are suffering from depression.
Major depression affects 6.7 percent of the adult population in America. This is approximately 14.8 million people. This condition is also fairly common in teens and children. It is estimated that 1 in 33 children and 1 in 12 teens have major depression.
Women are more likely to develop this condition than men.
Depression has been shown to increase the risk of other chronic conditions. This includes chronic kidney disease, obesity and diabetes. Exercise can also be helpful for treating those conditions.
Previous studies have suggested that exercise can benefit people who suffer from depression. There was one study that involved middle-aged people who suffered from depression. The results of the study showed that people who were fit were less likely to die from heart disease after being diagnosed with major depressive disorder.