Shaky bones

Published: Saturday 15 March 1997

David Michelson and his team from the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, US , have found that clinical depression in women can lead to broken bones. They measured the bone-mineral density in 24 women suffering from major depression, or with a history of it, and compared it with that of healthy women of similar age, size, weight, menopausal status and race. The team found that the bone-mineral density was somewhat lower in all parts of the body -- and up to 14 per cent lower at the neck of the femur (the thigh bone). This means that, according to standard measures, these women face a significantly greater risk of fractures.

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