Ερευνητές παρουσίασαν ευρήματα, συγκρίνοντας άτομα με ελάχιστη δραστηριότητα σε σχέση με άτομα με αυξημένα επίπεδα άσκησης και κατέληξαν στο συμπέρασμα, ότι η άσκηση αποτρέπει την ανάπτυξη Κατάθλιψης, ανεξαρτήτως ηλικίας.
The researchers pooled data from 49 studies of people free from mental illness which examined whether physical activity is associated with a decreased risk of developing depression. In total, 266,939 individuals were included, of whom 47 per cent were male. On average, participants were followed up after 7.4 years. The researchers found that, compared with people who did little exercise, those with high levels had lower odds of developing depression.
Brendon Stubbs, head of physiotherapy at South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust, co-authored the report. He said: ‘We found that higher levels of physical activity wereprotective against future depression after taking into account other important factors, such as body mass index and physical health conditions.’ Lead author Felipe Barreto Schuch, of the Universidade La Salle in Brazil, said this was the first global meta-analysis to establish that physical activity is beneficial in protecting the general population against developing depression.
Physical Activity and Incident Depression: A Meta-Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies