Just a friendly reminder that mental health is just as important as “physical” health. I suspect that the stress hormones (glucocorticoids and cortisol, etc.) are likely very high in chronic depression or anxiety situations, which is very harmful to the body and brain.
Researchers have found that older adults suffering from depression age faster than their peers.
Researchers at the University of Connecticut Center on Aging have found that older adults with depression age faster than their peers. This accelerated biological aging is associated with poor physical and brain health, though the severity of depression itself appears unrelated. Accelerated aging is linked to worse cardiovascular health, higher blood pressure, high cholesterol, multiple medical problems, and decreased cognitive performance. The study’s findings open up opportunities for preventive strategies to reduce disability associated with depression in older adults and slow down biological aging. Researchers are now exploring therapies to reduce senescent cells and personalized treatments based on specific patterns of aging-associated proteins.
Reference: “Major depression, physical health and molecular senescence markers abnormalities” by Johanna Seitz-Holland, Benoit H. Mulsant, Charles F. Reynolds III, Daniel M. Blumberger, Jordan F. Karp, Meryl A. Butters, Ana Paula Mendes-Silva, Erica L. Vieira, George Tseng, Eric J. Lenze and Breno S. Diniz, 22 March 2023, Nature Mental Health. DOI: 10.1038/s44220-023-00033-z
This is a really good point. I totally agree and am happy that studies confirm this. I always thought that being genuinely happy is the real fountain of youth. Of course mental health is complex matter and being happy and feeling happy consists of lot’s of factors. Having good, fulfilling relationships with others and yourself is the core.
Cause or effect, I don’t know… but something to be aware of:
People with advanced biological age are at greater risk of developing depression and anxiety
An analysis of UK Biobank data showed that risks of depression and anxiety increase with biological age, i.e., the physiological condition of an individual’s body. Biological age assessment in this study was based on a number of clinical traits and biomarkers using the Klemera-Doubal method and the PhenoAge algorithm. The study was published in Nature Communications.