Doctors are discovering more every day about how physical and mental health impact each other. There is increasing evidence that poor physical health increases risks for mental health problems. Likewise, depression and other mental health issues can contribute to everything from back pain to heart disease.
Take into account a few of these facts:
- Depression has been linked to a 67 percent increased risk of death from heart disease.
- A 2011 study showed that six weeks of bicycling or weight training reduced the symptoms of anxiety for women suffering from anxiety disorders.