It seems as though scientists are making new discoveries about the importance of mental health almost daily.
And a recent study out of Germany is making claims that are no exception.
According to Technical University of Munich’s Lead Researcher, Professor Karl-Heniz Ladwig, depression plays a major part in cardiovascular health—arguably just as much as weight, cholesterol levels, hypertension, and other noted contributing factors.
After conducting a study of 10 years worth of medical records belonging to nearly 3,500 male patients, the Professor’s research group made some significant conclusions.
via The Sun:
Prof Ladwig said: “Our investigation shows that the risk of a fatal cardiovascular disease due to depression is almost as great as that due to elevated cholesterol levels or obesity.”
Looking at the population as a whole, Prof Ladwig said depression accounts for roughly 15 per cent of cardiovascular deaths.
“That is comparable to the other risk factors, such as hypercholesterolemia, obesity and smoking,” he said.
This is just another example of the incredible impact mental health has on overall well-being.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders affect more than 40 million Americans over the age of 18.
That’s 18 percent of our U.S. population.
Clearly, investments in our mental health are ones everyone should be making.
And now, with this new information out of Munich, it sounds like keeping your brain healthy means keeping your heart healthy too.
How do you invest in your own mental health?