Your Health November 12, 2013 Depression and aging

{}{}{} If you have suffered from depression, you may age more quickly.{} A new study suggests the cells of people who have had depression may age more quickly.{}{} Dutch researchers compared cell structures called telomeres in more than 2,400 people with and without depression.{}{}{}{} Telomeres{} protect the cell's DNA from damage.{}{} They also serve as a marker for aging.{} They get shorter each time a cell divides. {}{}{}{} The researchers found the telomeres of people who had ever-been depressed were significantly shorter - than people who'd never suffered from depression.