Using Exercise to Reduce Both Depression and Health Disparities

Charles Kamen

Charles Kamen, assistant professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center discusses how exercise can be used to decrease depression and even reduce health disparities between heterosexual and LGBT patients.

In a small six-week study, Kamen found that exercising with a partner (including caregivers) decreased depression for patients, but not for their caregivers. Also, patients who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) had higher rates of depression at the beginning of the study, but then came to be about even with the heterosexual patients by the end, indicating that exercise could be a way to mitigate this disparity.
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