THURSDAY, June 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Therapy designed to address mental health issues may also tamp down chronic inflammation, a new review suggests.
In so doing, interventions like behavioral therapy may help to rein in not only anxiety, depression and stress, but also the risk of developing heart disease or cancer, researchers say.
The finding is based on a look at 56 studies that collectively involved more than 4,000 participants.
"Over the past several years, there has been a growing appreciation that inflammation is involved in many of the serious health problems that people experience," said study author George Slavich.
"These conditions include mental health problems, such as anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, as well as physical health...