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Article Published In Vol. 03, Issue 02 (2023)

Association Between Physical Activity and Depression in Middle Aged Premenopausal and Postmenopausal Women in Malaysia

Pages : 39-43

Author : Jasveen Kaur, Musheer Abdulwahi Aljaberi

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Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between physical activity levels and depression among middle-aged premenopausal women in Malaysia.


Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a community centre, workplace, and healthcare institution. The Beck Depression Inventory-II questionnaire was used to assess the severity of depression symptoms. Multiple logistic regression analysis was conducted to determine the association between the amount of physical activity and depression.


Results: Compared to those with low activity levels, participants with moderate activity levels had 25% lower odds of experiencing depression (adjusted OR = 0.75, 95% CI [0.60, 0.92], p 0.05). Participants with high activity levels also had 35% lower odds.


Conclusions: This study highlights the significant inverse relationship between the level of physical exercise and depression in Malaysian women. Encouraging regular physical activity as a part of lifestyle interventions may serve as an effective strategy for preventing and managing depressive symptoms in this population. Further research is needed to explore the underlying mechanisms and to inform targeted interventions for promoting physical activity, thus promoting positive mental health outcomes.


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