Osteoporosis May Be Worsened by Depression

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  • An article in the Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics reviews data to study the relationship between depression and metabolism. The goal of this paper was to review current evidence of the relationship between depression and bone mineral density and look for ways that it may work. The researchers identified sources from the databases of Pubmed and Web of Science. Sources were dated from 1994 to 2007.


    The association between mental health issues, particularly depression, and osteoporosis is the focus of a growing body of medical research, most of which identifies some effects on bones.

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    There are multiple ways, directly and indirectly, in which depression can impact bone health and osteoporosis:

    • Some medications used for depression can have a negative impact on bone density.
    • Some lifestyle issues associated with depression, such as reduced activity, can negatively impact bone density.
    • Endocrine and immune system disturbances that can accompany depression can also have negative effects on bone density.

    More research is necessary to determine how mental health conditions are linked to osteoporosis. In the meantime, this research is not reason for panic. It is, however, an additional reason to talk to our doctors about lifestyle changes we can make to address modifiable risks of osteoporosis such as nutrition, exercise, smoking, and more.


    For more information on osteoporosis, please visit our site OsteoporosisConnection.com.


    Be well,




    Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (2009, January 19). "Osteoporosis? Look Out For Depression." ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 19, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2009/01/090119091116.htm.



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Published On: January 19, 2009