You may have seen this article about depression and “metabolic syndrome” being tied to unhappy marriages. Or to be more precise:
While both men and women in “strained” unions, those marked by arguing and being angry, were more likely to feel depressed than happier partners, the women in the contentious relationships were more likely to develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and other markers of what’s known as “metabolic syndrome,” aid study author Nancy Henry, a doctoral candidate in clinical healthy psychology at the University of Utah.
Part of me wonders if this means that governments are going to push marriage counseling at the same rates that they push diets. (boom-tish!)
Part of me wonders if this might actually say something about how women and men respond differently to stress. The press release states that according to co-author Tim Smith,
[T]he endocrinology of depression’s psychological stress may explain why the five risk factors that comprise metabolic syndrome fit together.
He hypothesizes that perhaps “the hormonal effects of stress are why you are depositing fat [around the waist], why your insulin resistance goes up, why your lipids and blood pressure get out of whack. Part of the reason these things may be clumping together is because they are part of an unhealthy body response to stress.”
Considering I averaged a ~30lb weight gain with each major depressive episode (without antidepressants) I kinda wonder if there may be something worth further research here.