Depression is a mental disorder that affects 264 million people around the world. This disease not only changes the psyche but also the body. It affects physical health and can lead to other serious illnesses.
1 Decreased kidney function
Depression affects both people with chronic kidney disease and people with healthy kidneys. It also accelerates the development of the disease. One of the possible reasons could be the increase in inflammatory proteins that trigger autoimmune processes.
2 Gastrointestinal problems
Our brain is closely related to the gastrointestinal tract. It is sensitive to emotions, they trigger them and can bring discomfort. Depression can affect the contractions and movement of the airways. And those who already have problems with the gastrointestinal tract may experience even more abdominal pain.
Depression increases the level of stress hormones and these, in turn, can affect blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. This connection works both ways, and people with diabetes are more likely to suffer from depression.
4 Risk of heart attack
People with depression can have high blood pressure and a fast heartbeat. All of this can lead to heart disease. The stress hormones we discussed earlier can also have a negative effect on the heart.
5 Blood vessel problems
This is closely related to being dangerous to the heart. High blood pressure reduces blood flow through the vessels. They shrink and become brittle. This damages the vessels and they cannot deliver enough nutrients and oxygen to cells and tissues.