Depression may speed aging process

November 13, 2013 12:11:56 PM PST
People who get depressed may be speeding up the aging process.

Researchers in the Netherlands tracked nearly 2,000 patients who suffered from some kind of major depressive disorder at some point in their lives.

Their cell structures indicate the aging process advanced by several years compared with the norm. Distress was found to increase the "wear & tear" on the body.

Depression also increases the risk of dementia, cancer and Type 2 Diabetes.

The study appears in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.


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