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    Study Shows People With Depression Might Age Faster

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    A new study from researchers working in the Netherlands found that subjects who have experienced depression might show signs of faster cellular aging compared to other people.

    A new study from researchers working in the Netherlands found that subjects who have experienced depression might show signs of faster cellular aging compared to other people.

    Study author Josine Verhoeven, from the Free University in Amsterdam said: “Psychological distress, as experienced by depressed persons, has a large, detrimental impact on the 'wear and tear' of a person's body, resulting in accelerated biological aging. The findings might help explain the variety of health complaints often experienced by people with major depression.”

    Researchers analyzed the cell structures called telomeres of 19 hundred subjects who reportedly had major depressive disorders at some point in their life, and compared that information with analysis of cells from 500 people who had never been diagnosed with depression.

    Telomeres are part of a cell’s chromosome that protects the DNA while cells are dividing, and they are believed to be an accurate way to tell how fast cells are aging based on their length.

    The results of the study show that telomeres from the group that had been depressed were significantly shorter than telomeres from the group who hadn’t experienced depression.


    The more depressed the subject was, or the longer they were depressed, the shorter their telomeres were.