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Depression May Increase Risk of Parkinson’s

Depression May Increase Risk of Parkinson'sA neurological study suggests that people who are depressed may have triple the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Depression is linked in other studies to illnesses such as cancer and stroke,” said study author Albert C. Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

“Our study suggests that depression may also be an independent risk factor for Parkinson’s disease.”

The study is published in the online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Researchers analyzed the medical records of 4,634 people with depression and 18,544 free of depression over 10 years.

They also looked at the risk of Parkinson’s disease after excluding people who were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease within two or five years following their depression diagnosis.

During the 10-year follow-up period, 66 people with depression, or 1.42 percent, and 97 without depression, or 0.52 percent, were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

People with depression were 3.24 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those without depression.

“Many questions remain, including whether depression is an early symptom of Parkinson’s disease rather than an independent risk factor for the disease,” Yang said.

“Our study also found that depression and older age and having difficult-to-treat depression were significant risk factors as well.”

Source: American Academy of Neurology

Parkinson’s word collage photo by shutterstock.

Depression May Increase Risk of Parkinson’s

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Depression May Increase Risk of Parkinson’s. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2013/10/04/depression-may-increase-risk-of-parkinsons/60304.html

 

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