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Being Physically Fit During Teenage Years Reduces Risk of Suicidal Behavior Later in Life

Physical Health

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  • In a new large study, those who were in poor physical shape at the age of 18 were nearly twice as likely to commit suicide as an adult
  • A prior study that found those in good physical shape as a teen had a decreased risk of severe depression later in life
  • Physical activity may help make your brain more resistant to different types of stress and often works as well as antidepressants at treating depression
  • A person who appears suicidal needs urgent professional help; help the person to seek immediate assistance from their doctor or the nearest hospital emergency room, or call 911

By Dr. Mercola

Exercise is most often viewed as a tool to improve your physical fitness, but it actually has profound benefits to your mental and emotional health as well.

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