Depression may dampen some of the benefits of exercise and other healthy behaviors, a new study suggests.
In the research, people who were physically active generally had lower levels ofC-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation in the body. But this link was not found in people with symptoms of depression — exercise did not affect their CRP levels. Previous studies have shown that high CRP levels are a risk factor for heart disease.
In addition, drinking less alcohol also lowered CRP levels, but only among men who weren't depressed.
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