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News2010August › Wounds heal slower in depressed people › August 2010

Wounds heal slower in depressed people

The state of your mind directly affects how quickly you get better

The state of your mind directly affects how quickly you get better. Depressed people find their wounds heal more slowly than they do in a person with a positive outlook - and a very depressed person's wounds may even get worse, a new study has discovered. Researchers from the University of Nottingham investigated the speed that foot ulcers healed in 93 diabetics. Over a 24-week period, they monitored the progress of the healing process, and found that the ulcers of those who had a 'confrontational' approach - where they wanted to take control - took far longer to heal. However, the ulcers in those who were depressed or anxious didn't shrink, and seemed not to heal at all. (Source: Diabetologia, 2010; 53: 1590).


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