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Physical activity reduces risk of depression at any age, finds study

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 24 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1808
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

Physical activity reduces the risk of developing depression in people of all ages, a large meta-analysis has reported.1

“Our robust analysis of over a quarter of a million people found consistent evidence that people who are more active are less likely to develop depression in the future,” said study author Brendon Stubbs, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, UK.

He added, “We found that higher levels of physical activity were protective from …

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