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By On December 19th, 2007

Depression can lead to bone loss

A recent study revealed that depression can actually cause bone loss and osteoporosis. The study was conducted by scientists at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University and used mice as test subjects. The mice were given drugs to create behavior similar to that of depression and, overtime, suffered bone loss, particularly in their vertebrae and hips. However, after the researchers gave the mice antidepressants the bone loss stopped and density actually increased. Depression creates a chemical called noradrenaline through activation of the sympathetic nervous system, which hurts bone building cells. Noradrenaline is blocked through the use of antidepressants reversing bone loss. According to Raz Yirmiya, a professor at Hebrew University, “These findings… for the first time point to depression as an important element in causing bone mass loss and osteoporosis.”

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