Bipolar disorder speeds up biological aging

A recently published study demonstrates a link between telomere length, which is a mark of biological aging, and bipolar risk. The research helps to explain why bipolar disorder often comes hand-in-hand with other age-related diseases.

ndividuals with bipolar disorder, which is sometimes referred to as manic depression, experience shifts in mood from feeling extremely energized and elated, to hopeless and depressed. It affects an estimated 2.6 percent of adults in the United States each year.

Aside from the psychological disruption, bipolar disorder is linked to a range of other diseases normally associated with advanced age, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

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