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Middle- aged women who suffer from vision problems could end up experiencing symptoms of depression as a result of these problems.

According to a new study by the North American Menopause Society, when middle-aged women suffer from aging -related vision loss, their risks of suffering from depression significantly increases. The results of the study were published recently in Menopause, the Journal of the North American Menopause Society, and are significant because women already have a much higher risk of depression compared to men. In fact, middle- aged women have a prevalence of depression that is higher than the rate for all other age groups. The results of the study are significant because they indicate that vision problems, if left untreated in women of this age, can increase the risk of depressive symptoms.

Middle -aged women may suffer from a number of conditions that increase their risk of poor vision. These conditions may include common conditions like cataracts which can be treated, and also other more chronic, hard- to- treat conditions like glaucoma. Middle- aged women are also more likely to suffer from hypertension and diabetes, conditions which are associated with eye disorders like diabetic retinopathy and hypertensive retinopathy. Women of this age are also at a risk of macular degeneration.

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While there are ways to manage the physical symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, including the chronic pain, not as easy is the task of diagnosing and managing the mental conditions that are often associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

According to one study that was published in Rheumatology and Therapy, as many as 30% of people who have a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis go on to suffer from depression within five years after the diagnosis. A chronic condition like rheumatoid arthritis means chronic pain, inconvenience, and that in turn, can prevent an individual from performing many of the activities that he or she used to perform earlier.

If you enjoyed an active life earlier, you may find it much more difficult to adjust to the limited mobility and movement brought on by rheumatoid arthritis.  Active people may find it difficult to get used to the fact that they may no longer be able to participate in sports or enjoy the kind of physical or recreational activities that they used to earlier. For obvious reasons, that lack of physical mobility leads to low self-esteem, irritability, and even depression.

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