Regular exercising significantly reduces the risk of depression, a condition that affects 350 million people around the world.
Exercise three times a week reduces the chances of developing depression by about 16 percent, the researchers found.
Any further practice during the week resulted in a further reduction of the risk of depression for another six percent.
In a public health research British scientists have found that the relationship between depression and exercise suggests way that can simultaneously improve both the physical and the mental health.
- Assuming that the relationship is causal, physical activity has a protective effect in terms of depression, says the scientist, Dr. Snehal Pinto Pereira from the University College London, who led the whole research.
Depression is one of the most common forms of mental disease and the World Health Organization considers the depression as one of the leading causes for disability worldwide.
Treatment of depression usually involves medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the both.
However, the condition of many of the sick patients does not improve and they suffer from relapses.
Researchers followed 11 135 people born in 1958 up to the 50th year of their life, recording the appearance of symptoms of depression and frequency of physical activity.
In order to assess depression, respondents filled out additional questionnaires that measured the degree of mental disorders on age of 23, 33, 42 and 50 years.
The results showed that people who practice frequent physical activity had less or no symptoms of depression.
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