Depression increases the risk of an early death by up to THREE TIMES: Mental health condition suppresses the immune system, putting people at risk of illness
- Men's risk increases by up to three times, while women's peaks at 51%
- Past research links depression to disorders associated with lowered immunity
- Sufferers may also have poor lifestyle habits, such as inactivity and smoking
- The risk of a premature passing is highest in the years after a depressive episode
- Researcher says it is important to seek treatment and be aware of recurrences
Depression increases the risk of an early death by up to three times, new research reveals.
Men's risk of a premature passing increases three-fold when suffering from the mental health condition, while women's risk is heightened by up to 51 percent, a study found.
Previous research reveals depression causes the release of stress hormones that suppress the immune system, putting sufferers at an increased risk of conditions such as cancer.
People with the mental health condition may also be more likely to have unhealthy lifestyle habits, including a poor diet, inactivity and excessive alcohol intake, past studies have shown.
Lead author Stephen Gilman from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Maryland, said: 'For some individuals depression can be very serious condition.It is very important to seek treatment for depression and to be vigilant about recurrences.'