JPR: The Editor’s choice
The Editor’s choice June 2018
Written by Jess Fiedorowicz, Editor of the Journal of Psychosomatic Research
referring to the Article title:
The effects of psychological distress and its interaction with socioeconomic position on risk of developing four chronic diseases
by Kyle J.J. McLachlan, Catharine R. Gale
in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Vol. 109, pages 79–85
Editor’s Choice Commentary:
Clinical depression and anxiety have been linked with risk of developing various chronic diseases, but less is known about the effects of lower levels of psychological distress. We used data on 16,485 people from the UK Household Longitudinal Study to investigate the influence of low, moderate and high levels of distress on risk of developing arthritis, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and diabetes over 3 years. Risk of developing arthritis, cardiovascular disease and COPD rose as levels of distress increased. Even low levels of distress were linked with increased risk. Smoking explained a small part of these associations.
The is an Open Access article.
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Jess G. Fiedorowicz
Journal of Psychosomatic Research