A new study has observed that people who suffer from psychiatric disorders are at a higher risk to suffer from aging-related diseases.
The study showed that both ageing and depression are associated with changes in the FKBP5 gene. Genes can be regulated by the addition or removal of methyl (CH3) groups to an area of the gene.
The researchers found that ageing can decrease this methylation process, causing the FKBP5 gene to be overexpressed. They also found that when someone is depressed, this demethylation process is accelerated even further.
Contributed By Sonia Narula