Which Health Problems May Be Caused by Depression?

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Most people think of depression as a mental health disorder, but in reality, it has far-reaching implications for physical health as well. People with depression often suffer physical symptoms, including pain and fatigue, but in addition to these complaints, depression is also linked to some types of chronic health issues.

The reason depression affects physical health is because it causes irregular stress responses that increase inflammation and the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood. Increased levels of cortisol can weaken bones, increase blood sugar levels, and make you more vulnerable to heart disease. Depression also is linked with an increase in cytokines, immune system chemicals that interfere with the body’s response to cancerous cells.

For people living with depression, it’s important to work with your doctor to manage all parts of the disease. At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center , we can provide a physician referral to a doctor who can help. You can get a referral and learn more about our Las Vegas hospital by calling (702) 233-5300. 

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