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Exercise Is Powerful Medicine for Depression

Exercise Is Powerful Medicine for Depression

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Cara Murez

WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) — By now, most people have heard that exercise is good for their health.

A new review suggests it can it also make a difference in major depressive disorder.

The researchers found that people who accumulated half the recommended amount of physical activity had an 18% lower risk of depression compared to adults with no activity. Those who accumulated the recommended hours had a 25% lower risk of depression. Benefits diminished with exercise above that level. Depression affects about 280 million people throughout the world and is the leading cause of mental health-related disease burden, the study noted. It is associated with premature death from suicide and health issues.

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