October 2, 2013

Depression in Young Adult Females with Metabolic Syndrome

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depressedIf you’re not metabolically feeling great, you’re probably not feeling great overall. Thanks to the study published in Biological Research for Nursing, this phenomenon was studied and the results shed some light on a dark subject.

This study aimed to show the prevalence of depression with obesity and metabolic syndrome in young adult females. Over 300 young adult females were evaluated.

The prevalence of depression in overweight women was 17%. The prevalence of depression in obese women was 17%. Women who had metabolic syndrome and were depressed was almost 7%.

As body mass index increased, the correlation of depression increased. As waist circumference, blood pressure, degree of obesity and overweight increased, so did depression. As BMI goes up, mood comes down.

The findings show that depression was associated with increasing odds of being overweight and obese in young adult females and may also have increased the physiological risk associated with metabolic syndrome.

The findings of this study allude to the importance of detecting depression in preventing metabolic syndrome and onset of subsequent obesity, cardiac disease, and T2D in young adult females.

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