A North Carolina researcher has found that older people who are depressed are much more likely to develop a dangerous type of body fat, the kind that can lead to diabetes and heart disease.
Wake Forest University researcher Stephen Kritchevsky says his study found, people with depression were twice as likely as others to gain visceral fat, the kind that surrounds internal organs and often shows up as belly fat.
Previous research has linked depression with diabetes and heart disease. Some researchers believe depression triggers high levels
Of the stress hormone cortisol, which promotes visceral fat.
Kritchevsky says the cortisol connection may explain the findings.