Depression accelerates the aging process

Depression accelerates the aging of the human body, according to researchers from the University of Amsterdam.

The study involved 1,990 people aged 18-65 years who had at different periods of life depressive disorders, and 500 in the control group. Experts have found that depression contributes to the reduction of telomeres – special sections of DNA in the cells of the body that protects molecules against damage.

The study authors reported that when healthy people have averaged telomere length 5,540 base pairs, then those who have suffered from depression – 5460. Taking in consideration that the year of his life shortened telomeres to 14 pairs and other factors that affect this rate, we can say that the mental disorder accelerated aging for several years. The results of the study were published in the journal of Molecular Psychiatry.