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New York: Anxious or depressed can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as smoking and obesity according to a new study, emphasizing the importance of mental health conditions. The results showed that people with high anxiety and depression account for 65 percent higher cardiovascular disease, 64 percent stroke, 50 percent high blood pressure, and 87 percent arthritis.
"These increased coefficients are similar to those of smokers or obese," says leading author Andrea Niles of the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).
However, a study published in Health Psychology found that cancer was found to be an exception to the conditions affected by depression and anxiety.
"The results are in conflict with many other studies that show that psychological anxiety is not a strong predictor of many types of cancer," said writer Aoife O & # 39; Donovan UCSF. Don Donovan stressed the need to stop the diagnosis of cancer diagnosis as a history of stress, depression and anxiety.
The team also found that symptoms such as headaches, abdominal pain, back pain, and dyspnoea increased exponentially in connection with high stress and depression. For example, headache was 161% higher in this group.
"Anxiety and depression are strongly associated with weak physical health, but these conditions still receive limited attention in primary health care compared to smoking and obesity," Niles said.
The results of the study emphasize the long-term costs of untreated depression and anxiety, "Donovan said. In the study, the group reviewed the health data of more than 15,000 adult adults over a four-year period.