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There is a clear link between depression and osteoporosis ?

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Posted February 14, 2010 at 10:04 PM via web

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There is a clear link between depression and osteoporosis ?

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Posted February 14, 2010 at 10:14 PM (Answer #1)

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More researches, conducted over the years, have demonstrated a clear link between depression and loss of a certain quantity of bone mass, causing osteoporosis and other bone fractures. Teachers Raz Yirmiya and Itai Bab of the Jewish University in Jerusalem revealed that the relationship between depression and osteoporosis is greater in young women.
Osteoporosis is one of the most widespread degenerative disease in the world, affecting 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 women over 50 years. Those who face this disease may suffer fractures leading to disability and even death.
The results, say the researchers, clearly show that depressed people have less bone density than those not suffering from depression and that depression is associated with a higher activity of the cells that destroy bones.
Yirmiya and Bab found that the link is stronger in women than in men, especially young women. The link between osteoporosis and depression is even stronger in women who were diagnosed with depression by a psychiatrist not to those who said that they feel depressed.

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