7 Habits: How to lower your risk of depression

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Adhering to a healthy lifestyle significantly decreases your risk for depression. That might sound like a no-brainer, but the science behind it isn’t as clear as you might think.

Now, new research is helping to define what leading a “healthy lifestyle” means for depression prevention by looking at the effects of a broad range of lifestyle factors, such as smoking, sleep patterns, and exercise.

While previous studies have generally only focused on specific lifestyle factors, for example the relationship between poor sleep and depression, this new research looks at a combination of them, as well as their effects on brain structure and biomarkers.

According to Healthline, a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and Fudan University pinpointed seven beneficial lifestyle factors that provide protection against depression. They published their findings in the weekly publication “Nature Mental Health.”

The study lists the following seven factors:

  1. smoking
  2. diet
  3. exercise level
  4. sleep
  5. sedentary behavior
  6. social connectedness
  7. alcohol consumption

Dr. Barbara J. Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge Department of Psychiatry and lead study author, told Healthline the following:

“We discovered that having a healthy lifestyle reduced the risk of depression by 57%. Changing our behaviors and developing a healthy lifestyle is something that we can do for ourselves to lower the risk of depression.”

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