Every Seventh got already depression diagnosed

Almost every seventh citizen who participates in one of Germany’s biggest health study Nako, was due to a Depression at the doctor. This is one of the first results of the long-term population study, which were presented in Berlin on Wednesday.

Nako stands for the National cohort. The health study of adults between the ages of 20 and 69 years, according to the organizers, the largest investigation of its kind in Germany. They launched in 2014 and will accompany the 200,000 randomly selected participants approximately 20 to 30 years. Results are available only for the first 100,000 participants.

“The disease has become many more aware of”

“The first results of the Nako-study confirm that depression is a common condition,” says Ulrich Hegerl, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation German depression aid. The have already other German health studies in a similar order of magnitude.

“This is not to say, however, that the disease is rising. People get more help, and Doctors to recognize depression better. The disease has become many more aware,” he added. It had only been long hidden as the other complaints. “And much remains to be done is to educate people.”

The frequency was to be expected in the case of depression, was confirmed by the Nako-Chairman of the Board Annette Peters. “On the basis of the study, but you can see how big the Problem is.” Of 100,000 respondents 10.282 women and 4881 men reported to have, in the past, the diagnosis of Depression receive.

Traffic noise and heart disease

It is noteworthy, according to Peters, too, how many people felt the first according to the results of the night disturbed by traffic noise. Accordingly, the noise is annoying when the window is open more than a quarter of the respondents a bit, another ten percent felt highly or very highly disturbed. The effects of noise on health to analyze the Nako-researchers in the future, among other things, with a view to high blood pressure.

A total of two percent of the surveyed participants reported to have one or more doctor-diagnosed heart attacks suffered. In men, the disease was 3.5 percent more common than in women, with 0.8 percent. Cardiac arrhythmias were noted in men (10.1 percent) and women (10.4 percent), similar to frequently by Doctors.

The study show that heart diseases are no for men, but also women themselves, could affect young and middle-aged, said Peters.

Data for the following generations

“We want to understand diseases such as cancer, Diabetes, and cardiovascular disease is better, to be able to effectively fight,” said Federal research Minister Anja Karliczek for the presentation of the study. “For example, we could know how our environment and our way of life, certain diseases way, affects. From the treasure trove of Data, this health study many generations will benefit.”

Nako-participants will be fully investigated in accordance with uniform criteria and asked about their living habits. Specialized centres, the volunteers at fixed intervals. The amount of funding for the study is to Nako in the first ten years, at around EUR 256 million.