Depression and stress have always been linked to problems with poor health and diseases such as type 2 diabetes, dementia, and cancer. However, a new study shows that depression is associated with accelerated aging, and more specifically, shorter telomeres.

Telomeres are the caps on the end of chromosomes that protect DNA each time a cell divides. As people age, telomeres generally become shorter. A series of recent studies conducted by scientists have shown that shorter telomeres are linked to the aging process, and are partly responsible for wrinkles, gray hair, balding, dementia, and other health conditions associated with aging.

The most recent study, which was conducted by researchers at Free University in Amsterdam and published in a recent issue of Molecular Psychiatry, shows that long-term depression is associated with shorter telomeres and faster aging. The study authors also hint that the health problems people experience as a result of being depressed may be due to the shortening of telomeres.

For the study, researchers examined the length of telomeres in a group of people between the ages of 18 and 65. In healthy people, telomeres measured at 5,540 base pairs (bp), which are the number of DNA building blocks in telomeres. In study participants who were depressed, telomeres were significantly shorter at 5,460 bp. After taking the age of each participant into question, researchers found that depression caused people to age prematurely by several years biologically

To naturally battle and treat depression, scientists recommend that all people regardless of age stay active on a regular basis, eat a healthy diet, and quit smoking. Alternatively, a new treatment associated with an enzyme called telomerase could have the ability to reverse the aging process by lengthening telomeres.

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