Inflammation linked to depression
An association between elevated levels of inflammation and depression was found in a recent study by Borge Gronne Nordestgaard, MD, DMSc, and colleagues of the University of Copenhagen. This link has been studied in the past. What sets this study apart is that the connection between inflammation and depression remained significant after adjusting for an individual’s body mass index and/or chronic disease. People with elevated C-reactive protein levels were asked questions related to symptoms of depression. The study was cross-sectional, so the exact nature of the association between the two remains undetermined.
The way in which inflammation is an influencing factor on depression is still unknown. Further study is necessary to continue to explore the mind and body connection in regard to depression.
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