Journal article

Physical activity and depression in men: Increased activity duration and intensity associated with lower likelihood of current depression

Dianne Currier, Remy Lindner, Matthew J Spittal, Stefan Cvetkovski, Jane Pirkis, Dallas R English

Journal of Affective Disorders | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Depression is a significant public health issue for men, however men are less likely to use mental health services. Alternative interventions, such as physical activity, may be of value for this population. This study sought to determine what levels and intensity of physical activity are associated with lower depression prevalence in Australian men. METHODS: Using baseline data from 13,884 participants in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health we compared current depression in men who completed the recommended 150 min of physical activity in the past week with men who did not. Duration of activity was examined using logistic regression with restricted cubic splines. Int..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health (Ten to Men) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. The funder had no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication.