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Study Finds Depression in Aging Black Men

Posted - May 5, 2004 at 1:40 p.m.



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BLOOMINGTON, Ind., May 05, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Indiana researchers have found that middle-aged African-Americans who live in the inner city have a higher than expected level of depression symptoms.

Scientists at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute also found that those depressive symptoms can lead to other health problems.

Their work is summarized in the May 2004 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The researchers studied nearly 1,000 African-American men living in a low-income St. Louis neighborhood as they were poised to enter their senior years and begin to encounter the disabilities that usually come with advanced age.

Not only was depression linked with lower quality of life but it also appeared to predispose people to a series of other medical problems such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and even death.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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