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Dealing With Depression: Best Lifestyle And Medication

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Depression is like a severe and prolonged state of stress on bones making osteoporosis more likely. It causes the brain to produce dangerously high levels of hormones that aid bone loss. Studies show that older people with depression have low bone mass indicating osteoporosis. Medications for depression can also increase osteoporosis risk, so opt for a natural cure.

How To Cope With Depression And Avoid Bone Loss

Growing evidence suggests that depression, one of the most common diseases of the brain, is so powerful it can actually erode bones in the body.

Our bones are constantly remodeling themselves – they build themselves up and break themselves down over and over again. Depression is like a severe and prolonged state of stress on bones that may weaken them, making osteoporosis more likely. Causes of depression include increase in blood pressure and heart rate  and also production of dangerously high levels of hormones in the brain – it has also been suggested that specific hormonal changes associated with depression lead to bone loss.

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Depression not only affects your brain and behavior—it affects your entire body, and that includes your bone health and risk of developing osteoporosis.

Someone suffering from depression might experience bouts of insomnia, loss of appetite, and overall lethargy, and these are all contributors to poor bone health. Studies show that older people with depression are more likely to have low bone mass than older people who aren’t depressed, and low bone mass is the biggest indicator of osteoporosis.

Younger women with depression may also be at risk for osteoporosis. One study found that among women who have not yet reached menopause, those with mild depression have less bone mass than those who aren’t depressed. Men who are depressed seem to lose bone even more rapidly and to a greater extent than women, however since bone density in men is greater to begin with, their risk of fracture may be slightly more forgiving than in women.

Medication

While currently available depression treatments are generally well tolerated and safe, some medications, including depression cure antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and lithium, can increase your risk for osteoporosis. Certain medications can also increase your risk of falling, which is dangerous if you already have osteoporosis. The class of antidepressants known as SSRIs may be associated with higher rates of bone loss in older women.

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A recent study funded by the NIH showed an association between SSRI use and hipbone loss in older women. In patients with depression and those on SSRIs, attention should be directed to the heightened risk of fragility fracture – a broken bone that’s caused by a fall from a standing height or less, indicating an underlying bone disorder like osteoporosis.

Lifestyle

If you have osteoporosis, you may need to make lifestyle changes, and these changes may actually increase your risk of depression. For example:

  • To prevent falls that could cause already fragile bones to fracture or break, you may not be able to take part in some activities you once enjoyed.
  • Weakened bones may make it harder to perform everyday tasks, and you could lose some of your independence.
  • You may feel nervous about going to crowded places, such as malls or movie theaters, for fear of falling and breaking a bone.

But it can go the other way, too. Exercise is an important part of osteoporosis treatment, particularly activities in which you support your weight on your feet. These activities help to strengthen bones and muscles that can prevent falls and can also boost your mood and improve your depression.

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People with depression and low bone mass need to try very hard to adopt bone health strategies, including use of supplements, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol consumption to fewer than two glasses a day, and participating in weight-bearing exercises and fall-prevention programs. Because early osteoporosis is primarily a silent disease, knowing that even mild depression can lead to bone loss years before fractures occur is of major clinical importance. Orthopedic surgeons should be aware of the association between depression and osteoporosis as well as the higher rate of bone loss in patients on SSRI medication for their depression. Treating depression can help you manage your osteoporosis and improve your overall health. Recovery from depression takes time but treatments are effective. 

Charles T Price

Charles T. “Chad” Price, MD is Professor of Florida State University College of Medicine and was a practicing pediatric orthopedic surgeon for 34 years. Dr. Price is rated as One of America's Top Doctors. He received a B.S degree from Emory University in Atlanta where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honorary scholastic society. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Florida. He is an author of over 70 scientific papers, 20 textbook chapters, and three books on topics including bone lengthening, fracture healing, artificial bone grafting and other research topics. In 2013 he became certified as a Sports Nutritionist by the American Sports and Fitness Association.

Charles T Price

Charles T. “Chad” Price, MD is Professor of Florida State University College of Medicine and was a practicing pediatric orthopedic surgeon for 34 years. Dr. Price is rated as One of America's Top Doctors. He received a B.S degree from Emory University in Atlanta where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honorary scholastic society. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Florida. He is an author of over 70 scientific papers, 20 textbook chapters, and three books on topics including bone lengthening, fracture healing, artificial bone grafting and other research topics. In 2013 he became certified as a Sports Nutritionist by the American Sports and Fitness Association.

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Maria Ramos
Maria Ramos 5pts

Is true and some people are afraid to learn that this is real bad.

Tofan Manful
Tofan Manful 5pts

Those who are kind and honest they are depressed more than other.evil people are in life .no evil people no depressio.

Tofan Manful
Tofan Manful 5pts

We have 2 kinds of depression.and one of them is danger.1 depression.when you know on ur self u are depressed.it not danger .2 when you depressed and you dont know u are depressed.it's danger.

Rbelle Bactol Dagalea
Rbelle Bactol Dagalea 5pts

Keep strong Kylie Ebony .I've seen epileptic people while their in seizure & I know its not easy..

Kylie Ebony
Kylie Ebony 5pts

It feels soft, once you look back you see it's actually not soft at all?? Mine gave me epilepsy. It's torture

Diino Soto
Diino Soto 5pts

Easacli tu no puedes ni deves ponerte en depresion jamas y es por tu salud okey

Anna McKay
Anna McKay 5pts

See your doctor asap and seek help ! It's serious. Don't wait .

Nellie Garcia
Nellie Garcia 5pts

Esta cabrouun :/ estoy obligada a estar siempre contenta jaja

Diino Soto
Diino Soto 5pts

:o muy interesante cana ya vez por eso no depresion permitida never ever ever

Nellie Garcia
Nellie Garcia 5pts

Diino Soto no wonders !!! This is why I feel worst when I'm feeling down

Koralina Caje
Koralina Caje 5pts

I used to suffer depression before.....still some anxiety and lots of stress for sure....No wonder....:P

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks fpr sharing your thoughts

Stefani Broussard
Stefani Broussard 5pts

I suffer from depression. \U0001f62a My brain doesn't produce serotonin.

Maria Ramos
Maria Ramos 5pts

Every person with different type of depression there is. Severe Anxiety Severe Panick attack.inmsomnia that u can't sleeps for days.There some that u want to be ndoors and the Psychiatric come to visit the, at they're home they fear the out side world. So family reject them some relative make fun of them. Some the financial situation changed and there is no nemfor them it is,a cruel illness u need love need comfort but to day how we get all that. Counting with the medication as going to hell with the HMO when a patient need authorization with scrips u know. How long it take. U feel bad some people can't handle the situation and they decide to end the suffer.

Maria Ramos
Maria Ramos 5pts

I believe that mental I'll should be respected and the system he law the President take that llness as a priority for the save of the population. It is growing more I will said that 75/00 of people are going trough any type of depression. More that people hide from the family's who still feeling ashamed of let the family knows and seek for help. It is not to be a shame all what is in the world are not classified that u feel comfortable with this classified.

Heather Nicole Burkett
Heather Nicole Burkett 5pts

Yes it can not only make you more tired than you thought possible but make your body ache too. I never believed it until I actually experienced it, I'm sorry for the people I didn't believe but I'm so thankful for the people who support me

Maria Ramos
Maria Ramos 5pts

And yet there a lot a people with some type of mental I'll who they don't even knows they are. There are functioning depress people who work who love to be solvated so they look for job that they be in offices or other places isolated by the titltle of theyre job.

Maria Ramos
Maria Ramos 5pts

Just to the person that do not work out do not drink milk do not take supplements of Vitamin D people who do not eat the proper food.