Summary #1242

Study of more than 100 modifiable factors for depression identifies social connection as the strongest protective factor

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  • Study suggests that the more we confide in others and visit family and friends, the smaller the risk of depression.
  • Watching TV, taking daytime naps and using multivitamins were also linked to depression risk, however these links are unclear, and need more investigation.
  • It’s the most comprehensive study of factors that could impact depression risk, previous studies only looked at a handful of factors.
  • Authors first analyzed a database of 100,000 adults to identify depression risk factors, and then investigated which of them had a causal relationship.
  • An approach like this wasn’t available until now, and study authors hope that it will motivate further research to create actionable strategies to prevent depression.

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