Having metabolic syndrome makes it harder for older adults to respond to therapies for depression.
In a recent research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, a research team examined whether Metabolic Syndrome in depressed older adults affects their response to antidepressant treatment.
Older adults who have major depressive disorder (MDD, also known as depression) are at higher risk for having problems thinking and making decisions. They are more likely to have trouble performing their regular daily activities and managing their personal care. These problems can lead to poorer health in general and a higher risk of death compared to older adults who are not depressed.
The research identified three key findings in people with Metabolic Syndrome:
- Their life history of depression was more chronic.
- Their depression symptoms at the beginning of the study were more severe.
- They took longer to respond to antidepressant therapy.