Studies suggest that cells age prematurely

Depression can accelerate aging at the cellular level and lead to premature death, according to a new study.

It has been previously established that major depressive disorder (MDD) is a risk factor for many different age-related diseases, including cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and osteoporosis; it is also associated with early death. So the researchers assumed that depression can stimulate a biological process in the body that accelerates aging, according to a study published April 6 in the journal Translational psychiatry.