Cells age prematurely in people with depression, research suggests

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

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