Mild Depression Can Damage Immune System (Health Central)
THURSDAY, Oct. 16 (HealthDayNews) -- Even a bout of mild depression can throw off a person's immune system, a change that can set up older adults for development of serious age-related diseases.
That's what Ohio State University researchers found. Their report appears in the current issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry. The study shows the impact a person's mental health can have on their physical health and provides a picture of the body's response to mild depression...
It suggests low levels of depression are associated with an increased IL-6 response to an antigen, Glaser says. Sustained higher-than-normal levels of IL-6 have been linked to long-term inflammation which, in turn, is implicated in a number of age-related health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, cancers, Alzheimer's and periodontal disease.
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