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A recent study by Professor Yong Eu-Leong from NUS Medicine's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that middle-aged women with weak upper and lower body fitness may be more prone to depression and anxiety.

"Mid-life women globally are in an incredibly difficult position: sandwiched between children, ageing parents, husband and work commitments," said Prof Yong.

"They sacrifice themselves in face of all these demands, and sometimes neglect their own needs," he told Reuters Health by email. "Anxiety and depression may go unrecognised."

Prof Yong's team studied more than 1,100 women, aged 45 to 69, who had routine gynaecology appointments at the National University Hospital.

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