This is no surprise to me because in my clinic, most people who have mental health issues have inconsistencies around their diet and lifestyle habits. This drives inflammation in their body, which can contribute to both their mental and physical health issues that they are seeking my help for.
Physical ailments and their effects on a person’s quality of life can cause anxiety and depression, which then makes their physical ailment worse because mental health issues effects diet and lifestyle choices, often for the worst.
Therefore, improving physical ailments by treating the underlying inflammation, via diet and lifestyle change, will improve a person’s quality of life and therefore their mental health.
However, most of the people I see in my clinic have depression and anxiety for other reasons, driven by external (e.g. environmental) and internal causes (e.g. psychological), and their physical health issues/symptoms impact on their quality of life is merely just an exacerbating factor.
As mentioned above, the effect of mental health issues on diet and lifestyle choices is significant, which is likely why physical ailments are often co-morbid with mental health issues, which then become exacerbating factors.