Depression may lead to the development of osteoporosis in women
Depression is not only a serious mood disorder, but it may also trigger the development of disease, ABC 7 News reports. Among the health complications that may result from poor mental health is osteoporosis. Previous research has shown that women who experience chronic stress and depression have a tendency to develop bone loss.
Other studies, such as a recent paper published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases
, have linked depression to kidney disease, dementia and even some types of cancer.
"Treatment is really important and might affect [the patients' health and] cognitive functioning down the road," said Vonetta Dotson, a professor at the University of Florida, quoted by the news source. "I think that's new information that not everyone is aware of."
Researchers emphasize that taking care of both the mind and the body is key to a healthy lifestyle.
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis affects an estimated 75 million people in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
The disease appears to be more common in women, with approximately one in three females over the age of 50 experiencing osteoporotic fractures.