A new study of over 250,000 participants shows that people can reduce their chances of getting depression by as much as 57%. The researchers identify 7 healthy habits including: sleep, healthy diet, physical exercise, spending time with family and friends.
These findings are discussed in a 4 minute audio interview on NPR. Want to read the interview instead? They also have published the transcript.
If you want more details, see the reference list below. We include a link to a very informative and detailed on line article about the study and the 7 healthy habits from Advisory.com titled “7 habits that can lower your risk of depression” We also include a link to the original study publication in Nature Mental Health
- “People who adopt healthy habits can reduce risk of depressive episodes, studies say” (published on NPR.org September 18, 2023)
- “7 habits that can lower your risk of depression” (published online on Advisory.com on September 21, 2023). https://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2023/09/21/depression-habits
- Zhao, Y., Yang, L., Sahakian, B.J. et al. The brain structure, immunometabolic and genetic mechanisms underlying the association between lifestyle and depression. Nature Mental Health (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s44220-023-00120-1
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