New Research: Inflammation can fan the flames of depression

According to a recent study, systematic inflammation can have negative effects on mental illness. The article says,”…that in addition to being linked to numerous physical health issues, including cancer and diabetes, systemic inflammation is linked to mental health issues such as depression  “Among patients suffering from clinical depression, concentrations of two inflammatory markers, CRP and IL-6, were elevated by up to 50 percent.”

Furthermore, ” ‘Previous research shows that individuals who have socio-economic issues or had problems in their early lives are already at higher risk for mental issues because of these stresses in their lives,” Fagundes said. “As a result, they often experience a higher occurrence of chronic inflammation, which we have linked to depression.’ ”

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Rice University. “Inflammation can fan the flames of depression.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 18 December 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151218110253.htm>.

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