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Potential Link between Osteoporosis and Depression

Potential Link between Osteoporosis and DepressionA new review article analyzes the relationship between depression and bone metabolism, including the association between other psychiatric illnesses and osteoporosis.

Although a direct linkage has not been established, study authors report the potential association has been the subject of a growing body of research yielding various findings.

According to the authors, in addition to medication-related processes or modifiable lifestyle factors associated with mood disturbances, endocrine and immune alteration secondary to depression may play a pathogenetic role in bone metabolism.

Furthermore, there are data to suggest low bone mineral density is disproportionately prevalent among those with psychiatric disorders.

Additional longitudinal studies, with the advantage of temporal sequencing, remain to be conducted, as well as research into potential mechanisms surrounding the association.

Nevertheless, according to the authors, the current findings are of clinical relevance, given the health burden of both depression and osteoporosis.

Source: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

Potential Link between Osteoporosis and Depression

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Potential Link between Osteoporosis and Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 26, 2019, from
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