19 April 2011 at 08:37
New Delhi, April 15: A recent study, published in the 'Journal of Affective Disorders', and carried out by researchers from Deakin University, located at Barwon Health, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, has said that anxiety may have a role to play in weakening of bones.
Researchers analyzing a data collected from more than 8,000 men and women from central Norway who took part in the internationally-renowned Nord-Trondelag Health Study, concluded that there is a link between depressive symptoms and reduction in bone mineral density which makes the bone weak.
Dr. Williams, who led the study, said "There are several known risk factors for low bone mineral density, such as advanced age, gender (women are at greater risk than men), familial predisposition, and low levels of sex hormones, inadequate calcium intake and vitamin D deficiency. It is possible that poor mental health could be another one of these risk factors." He is currently examining the mechanisms that may cause this relationship in a study funded by the National Health Medical Research Council.
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