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Migraines May Tip Depression Risk, A Pregnant Woman's Best Friend and Hitting the Gym -- HER Week in Health

By Bailey Mosier
 
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In this week’s edition we learn how migraines may increase one’s risk for depression. We also learn why dogs may be a pregnant woman’s closest pal and just why your employers should be urging you to hit the gym.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Week in Health.

If you’ve ever had a migraine you know just how painful they can be and in this week’s edition we learn they also increase one’s risk for depression. We also learn why dogs may be a pregnant woman’s closest pal and just why your employers should be urging you to hit the gym. Have a look.

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston recently found that women with any history of migraines are 40 percent more likely to develop depression than women without a similar history.

The researchers analyzed data from more than 36,000 women age 45 and older and found that more than 6,400 women had current or past migraines, and that during an average 14 years of follow-up, nearly 4,000 developed depression.

Further research is necessary to determine the link between migraines and depression and it remains to be seen if there are any common biological mechanisms linking the two.

Researchers from the University of Liverpool in the U.K. analyzed 11,000 pregnant women and found that those who own a dog are 50 percent more likely to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day by going for brisk walks.
The researchers suggest walking a dog could be part of a wider strategy to combat obesity and improve the health of pregnant women, but also suggest healthy eating along with other forms of exercise such as hiking or swimming, as important ways to prevent women from gaining too much weight during pregnancy.

So if you’re considering adding to your family, you may want to consider making it two – a baby and a dog.

Researchers from Tel Aviv University found that employees who find the time to engage in physical activity are less likely to experience a deterioration of their mental health, including symptoms of burnout and depression.

Those who exercise for four hours per week are approximately half as likely to experience deterioration in their mental state as those who perform no physical activity.

Researchers say employers should encourage their employees to hit the gym because the employers will ultimately benefit as well. Inspiring workers to be physically active lessens high heath costs, reduces absenteeism, and increases productivity in the workplace.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every Friday for the latest in women’s health.

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