By Staff Writer
It is well established that depression increases an individual’s risk of developing a number of major health problems. Now, a new study from a team of Dutch researchers has found that kidney failure can be added to the list, further underscoring the need for depressed individuals to seek treatment from a drug rehab and mental health facility.
For years, doctors have associated depression with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and substance abuse problems. However, the new study, which was published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, is among the first to link the condition to kidney problems.
For the study, researchers from the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands examined a group of nearly 6,000 people for more than 10 years. They found that individuals who were diagnosed with depression during this time were 20 percent more likely to suffer from kidney failure, as well.
The investigators are continuing their study in hopes of finding the mechanism that causes depressed individuals to suffer from kidney failure. However, as of now they speculate that people who suffer from the condition may be less motivated to seek medical care, allowing physical health issues to compound and worsen.