You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Scientists think depression can make you older, quicker

A new study shows people who are depressed or have been in the past, tend to age faster due to their cells growing older at a more rapid rate.

“Scientists looked at the length of telomeres in a large group of people in the Netherlands.Telomeres are found at the ends of DNA and they get shorter as cells get older.”  (Via WPVI) 

 The findings showed the more severe the depression, the shorter the telomeres. So why are shortertelomeres a cause for concern? (Via ABC)

“This leads to loss of the cells to ultimately divide and ultimately tissues start to fail, tissues and organs, and we end up getting disease and dying.” ​(Via TedMed)

More popular and trending stories

One of the study's researchers at VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam said of the findings,“Results like ours suggest that psychological distress, as experienced by depressed persons, has a large, detrimental impact on the wear and tear of a person's body.” (Via HealthDay)

Depression has long been known to cause physical problems including the less serious like headache, upset stomach and elevated blood pressure. To the more life threating — heart disease, cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. (Via WebMD)

But what makes this study different is the possibility to undo detraining telomeres — that’s what scientist hope to learn through further research. In the meantime, healthy diet and exercise have been shown to help control stress and possibly lengthen telomeres. 

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Health

Elephant ranch lets visitors bathe, feed, ride elephants
Elephant ranch lets visitors bathe, feed, ride elephants

A private central Florida elephant preserve offers a unique, hands-on experience to visitors. The Elephant Ranch allows tourists to get up close and personal with the majestic animals. >> Read more trending news The Two Tails Ranch located near Gainesville lets people feed, bathe and even ride the eight elephants living at the ranch. The nonprofit...
Idaho woman blames car crash on deer-chasing Bigfoot
Idaho woman blames car crash on deer-chasing Bigfoot

A northern Idaho woman blamed a car crash with a deer on a Sasquatch sighting last week. >> Read more trending news The woman told police she collided with the deer after spotting a Bigfoot on a highway near Potlatch near the Washington border, according to NBC Montana. The woman said the Sasquatch was chasing the deer Wednesday night along the...
D.L. Stewart: A non-review of ‘Beauty and the Beast’
D.L. Stewart: A non-review of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Due to a number of factors, I’m not a movie critic. One factor is that I have a hearing loss, making it difficult to evaluate technical stuff, such as dialogue. Another is that apparently I don’t know the difference between great movies and mediocre ones. Take “Citizen Kane,” which virtually every critic agrees is the greatest...
Coupon deals of the week
Coupon deals of the week

Coupon availability and coupon values may vary within different regions or neighborhoods. Brut Deodorant This week at both Walgreens and Rite-Aid, Brut deodorant is on sale for $1.99. Use the $1 off one Brut deodorant coupon found in most of today’s SmartSource inserts and you will pay just 99 cents for this item. Clairol Hair Color This week...
4 things parents should never ignore

I spend lots of time talking with parents about how to get their kids to clean their rooms, complete their homework, and do routine household chores. I understand why these things matter to parents. They are important in some ways. One of the many challenges of being a parent is figuring out what to ignore, and what to discipline. We don’t want...
More Stories